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Life: The Movie

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Written by Neal GablerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Neal Gabler

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: February 29, 2000
  • Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-70653-0 (0-375-70653-4)
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From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author of Winchell, the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has turned everything of importance-from news and politics to religion and high culture-into one vast public entertainment.

Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," those blockbusters written in the medium of life that dominate the media and the national conversation for weeks, months, even years: the death of Princess Diana, the trial of O.J. Simpson, Kenneth Starr vs. William Jefferson Clinton. Real Life as Entertainment is hardly a new phenomenon, but the movies, and now the new information technologies, have so accelerated it that it is now the reigning popular art form. How this came to pass, and just what it means for our culture and our personal lives, is the subject of this witty, concerned, and sometimes eye-opening book.

"Mesmerizing.... [It] frames a discussion that seems absolutely vital right now." -The Atlantic Monthly

"[An] engagingly written, often hilarious and well-informed account of the ways in which entertainment creates a Moebius strip world of stories and images." -The San Diego Union-Tribune