The titles in this category deal with society at large - politics, history, religion, science, crime, etc.

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  1. Poking A Dead Frog

    Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today's Top Comedy Writers


    Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Learn More
  2. Portable Henry Rollins

    Portable Henry Rollins


    A Rollins reader. Learn More
  3. Program Or Be Programmed

    Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age


    The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It’s here; it’s everywhere. Learn More
  4. Propaganda



    “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”—Edward Bernays, Propaganda Learn More
  5. Public Opinion

    Public Opinion


    A penetrative study of democratic theory and the role of citizens in a democracy, this classic by a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a prescient view of the media's function in shaping public perceptions. Learn More
  6. Pulphead

    Pulphead: Essays


    In Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S. Thompson and the wit and insight of Joan Didion, Sullivan shows us—with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that’s all his own—how we really (no, really) live now. Learn More
  7. Rad Dad

    Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood


    Combining the best of the award-winning magazine Rad Dad and the Daddy Dialectic blog, this compilation features the best essays written for fathers by a multitude of dads from different walks of life. Learn More
  8. Reading Comics cover

    Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work And What They Mean


    Suddenly, comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form, filling bookshelves with brilliant, innovative work and shaping the ideas and images of the rest of contemporary culture. Learn More
  9. Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

    Reality Hunger: A Manifesto


    An open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the twenty-first century. Learn More
  10. Roomanitarian



    Henry Rollins returns to the combative prose that has won him critical acclaim and a legion of devoted fans. Learn More
  11. Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm

    Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm


  12. Sick In The Head

    Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy


    From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham. Learn More
  13. Silver Screen Fiend

    Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film


    New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Learn More
  14. Sincerity

    Sincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious notion that we all have something to say (no matter how dull)


    A cultural and intellectual history of sincerity, from its emergence during the Protestant Reformation to its present incarnations and adversaries. Learn More
  15. Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays


    The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, forty years after its first publication, the essential portrait of America-- particularly California--in the sixties. Learn More
  16. Smothered in Hugs

    Smothered in Hugs: Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries


    From the internationally acclaimed author of Ugly Man and one of “the last literary outlaws in mainstream American fiction” (Bret Easton Ellis) comes a survey of his cultural criticism. Learn More
  17. Some Remarks (trade paperback)

    Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing


    One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels—works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Learn More
  18. Songs Of The Doomed

    Songs Of The Doomed


    Gonzo Papers Volume 3: More Notes On The Death Of The American Dream. Learn More
  19. Spinfluence

    Spinfluence: The Hardcore Propaganda Manual for Controlling the Masses


    Spinfluence will appeal to crooked politicians, media manipulators and corporate big-wigs alike, in fact anyone interested in how to exploit people for profit or power. Learn More
  20. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (trade paperback)

    Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary


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    Featuring David Sedaris' unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. Learn More
  21. Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine

    Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine


    The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Arguably, no literary work, not even the Bible, is more familiar to us than Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Learn More
  22. Stranger Than Fiction

    Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories


    From the author of FIGHT CLUB and DIARY, a collection of essays and journalistic pieces that prove that real life has imagination beaten cold in the strangeness and wonder departments. Learn More
  23. Supergods (paperback)

    Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human


    From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero Learn More
  24. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)


    A New York Times bestseller―the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. Learn More
  25. Take The Cannoli

    Take The Cannoli


    Stories From The New World. Learn More

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