today at barnes and noble, i discovered an even better way to reap the literary gold: the "X and philosophy" books. no longer are founders socrates and aristotle sharing shelf space solely with with marx and sarte. pop culture from many walks (though generally those appealing to the twenty/thirty-market) is flooding the shelves.
granted, "the simpsons and philosophy" isn't exactly radical, though i hope it's better than my "simpsons and religion" book i got a few years ago that turned out to be little more than an index of religious mentionings in the show. "watchmen and philosophy" is also a no-brainer, and "buffy the vampire slayer and philosophy" is mash-up that i've been hearing about for a while.
but it doesn't stop there.
batman and philosophy
stanley kubrick and philosophy
south park and philosophy
pink floyd and philosophy
stephen colbert and philosophy
it went on and on.
tim noted that many of these are likely collections of research papers, cohesively compiled by an editor. sure, i could do that, but i'd rather write my own. a few ideas:
"tally hall and philosophy", with chapters including
- the ruler of everything: balancing a wonderful wife and a powerful job without criticism
- w.w.t.h.d.: carefree attitudes in white middle-class suburbia
- the bidding: a woman's guide to choosing the best guy before they're gone
- seconds tick like boulders: anger management during romantic separation
- the blue canary in the outlet by the lightswitch: needs for both a conscience and a night light in modern society
- that's nobody's business but the turks: fostering intercultural understanding without historical prejudices
- fingertips: breaking your life down into ten-second moments
- triangle man fights universe man: religion and science battle for the attention of mankind
- my dog and youth culture: canine cautions toward night life and white funk
"chocolate chip cookies and philosophy"
- chips: melt with your surroundings without losing your identity
- raw eggs and flour: becoming delicious from unappealing beginnings
- strength comes in pairs: finding your glass of milk
- the joy of raw cookie dough: enjoying the journey before the destination