The big rewind : a memoir brought to you by pop culture / Nathan Rabin.
- 1st Scribner hardcover edition
- New York : Scribner, 2009.
xviii, 342 pages ; 23 cm
- Rabin, Nathan, 1976-
Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
Popular culture -- United States.
- Place of Publication:
- United States New York (State) New York.
- "As a child and teenager, Nathan Rabin viewed pop culture as a life-affirming form of escape. Today, pop culture is his life. For more than a decade, he's served as head writer for A.V. Club, the entertainment section of The Onion. In The Big Rewind, Rabin shares his too-strange-for-fiction life story. From a psilocybin-addled trip to the Anne Frank House to having focus groups for his movie-review panel show opine that all the male critics seemed 'gay' and that the show as a whole was 'too gay, ' Rabin discusses his personal evolution in prose as hilarious as it is unexpectedly poignant. Using a specific song, album, book, film, or television show as a springboard to discuss a period in his life, Rabin recounts his heartwarming tale of triumph over adversity with biting wit and unwise candor. The pop culture touchstones Rabin uses here reflect his broad frame of reference with comic dissertations on The Simpsons, The Catcher in the Rye, Dr. Dre, Grey Gardens, The Great Gatsby, the Magnetic Fields, the uncanny parallels between Ol' Dirty Bastard and John F. Kennedy, and how the stock market mirrors the pimp game. Rabin writes movingly about how pop culture helped save him from suicidal despair, institutionalization, and parental abandonment -- throughout a childhood that sent him ricocheting from a mental hospital to a foster home to a group home for emotionally disturbed adolescents. The Big Rewind is also a touching narrative of a motherless child's search for family and acceptance and a darkly comic valentine to Rabin's lovable, hard-luck dad. Featuring cameos by Billy Bob Thornton, a vomiting Topher Grace, and Barack Obama, The Big Rewind chronicles the surreal journey of Rabin's life and its intersection with the dizzying, maddening, wonderful world of entertainment"--Publsiher's description.
- Experience Male Genital Mutilation in a Celebratory Environment
The Genius of Escapism
¡El Pollo Loco, el es el hombre!
The Awful Intensity of the Moment
The Burrito Pimp of the Soup Kitchen and Son
The Blood-Splattered Punchline
Lukewarm Crawlspace Vermouth
The House Slave and Nat Turner, or It All Comes Out in the End
Wayne the Video Store Vampire
She Really Worked Me Over Good, She Was a Credit to Her Gender
You Must Be the Jew
One of Us, One of Us!
The Walking Dead Like Me
A Woefully Premature Happy Ending
You Know Mom's Crazy, Right?
Fresh Kid Turned Rotten
Living Like a Gypsy Queen in a Fairy Tale
I Enjoy Talking to Famous People
Yesterday I Was a Sun God
Confessions of a Moderately Likeable Gay Everyman
Let the Omnisexual Fuckfest Begin!
Please Don't Confront Me with My Failures, I Have Not Forgotten Them.
- Penn Provenance:
- Toccafondi, David, C'95 (donor)
- Penn Chronology:
- David Toccafondi, Dan Sung and Joshua O'Neill Collection of Comics and Graphic Novels (University of Pennsylvania)
Comics Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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