Super Pop!

Super Pop! : Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make it Through the Holidays

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Although most people have a sincere desire to improve themselves - to make themselves smarter, happier, and more interesting - people are also pretty lazy, and really just want to sit on the couch and watch a movie. But those two impulses aren't necessarily mutually exclusive: After all, songs can also motivate us, and movies can teach us about other cultures, and it's hard to read anything without getting something out of it. Super-Pop organizes pop culture's greatest hits - including bestselling books, blockbusting movies, and platinum albums-into hilarious top ten lists, and provides quick-hitting commentary on all of the nearly 500 entries. In sum, Super-Pop offers a maximum-pleasure, minimum-effort way to become better at trivia, more interesting at a party, and, if it really comes down to it, a little bit more likely to kill a shark with pliers-if one should ever jump onto your raft and try to eat you. Lists include: Outwit death: Ten essential lessons in survival; Wax on: Ten movies that will show you the way (wise old man included); Drop the facade: Ten songs guaranteed to melt your frozen heart; and, The Easter special: Ten best works of art featuring at least one bunny.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 175.26 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 521.63g
  • Orange Avenue Publishing
  • Zest Books
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1936976366
  • 9781936976362
  • 1,488,704

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"Super Pop is as snappy as its title--a wonderful gateway to broadened horizons for current and future pop culture obsessives."--Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine, television critic "Thanks to Super Pop, you'll never be caught without a pop culture recommendation--or ten--to fit every social setting (and fill many weekday nights at home as well)."--Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity, film critic "Super Pop is the Holy Grail for ALL your social and antisocial needs. Daniel Harmon's book is smarter than your average bear, funnier than your average LOLcat, and more useful than a dozen remote controls. In a top ten list of the top ten "top ten" books, Super Pop goes straight to number one."--Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of Buffy: The Making of a Slayer "This book of annotated lists reads like an effective study guide for your next trivia night...(the) content is actually far more substantial than first impressions would imply...This is a go-to resource for teens looking to bone up on pop culture, sound interesting at a party, or craft the perfect playlist for a workout." --Booklist "For anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit deficient in their pop-culture expertise, here is the ultimate guide, guaranteed to fill any void....The bizarre choices will prompt many double takes and lots of laughter....A weird, witty, endlessly entertaining compendium for the budding pop-culture aficionado." --Kirkus Reviews IndieFab Award Finalist "Super Pop is as snappy as its title--a wonderful gateway to broadened horizons for current and future pop culture obsessives."--Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine, television critic "Thanks to Super Pop, you'll never be caught without a pop culture recommendation--or ten--to fit every social setting (and fill many weekday nights at home as well)."--Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity, film critic "Super Pop is the Holy Grail for ALL your social and antisocial needs. Daniel Harmon's book is smarter than your average bear, funnier than your average LOLcat, and more useful than a dozen remote controls. In a top ten list of the top ten "top ten" books, Super Pop goes straight to number one."--Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of Buffy: The Making of a Slayer "This book of annotated lists reads like an effective study guide for your next trivia night...(the) content is actually far more substantial than first impressions would imply...This is a go-to resource for teens looking to bone up on pop culture, sound interesting at a party, or craft the perfect playlist for a workout." --Booklist "For anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit deficient in their pop-culture expertise, here is the ultimate guide, guaranteed to fill any void....The bizarre choices will prompt many double takes and lots of laughter....A weird, witty, endlessly entertaining compendium for the budding pop-culture aficionado." --Kirkus Reviews"This book is terrific fun just for browsing purposes. But as a source of potential teaching / discussion / writing ideas, it's downright invaluable." --Peter Gutierrez, "Connect the Pop," School Library Journal blog"Super Pop bursts with titillating pop cultural tidbits and trivia . . . Author Daniel Harmon's intent when he wrote Super Pop was to go beyond the usual lists of movies, books, and trivia, that Harmon calls 'unsurprising' and create exciting lists that spark the imagination, and 'go beyond the old standard and a few new staples.' Super Pop achieves this with flying colors." --ForeWord Reviews"Highly intriguing...Harmon envisions a world where his audience will take these recommendations, discover new things, and add to the cultural archive with their own lists and recommendations. In this way, everyone will have an investment in keeping artifacts of pop culture from 'slipping through the cracks, ' as he put it. 'I did not intend these lists to be an endpoint, ' Harmon said, 'but rather a beginning.'" --Flavorwire IndieFab Award Finalist "Super Pop" is as snappy as its title a wonderful gateway to broadened horizons for current and future pop culture obsessives. Matt Zoller Seitz, "New York Magazine," television critic Thanks to "Super Pop," you ll never be caught without a pop culture recommendation or ten to fit every social setting (and fill many weekday nights at home as well). Ethan Alter, "Television Without Pity," film critic "Super Pop" is the Holy Grail for ALL your social and antisocial needs. Daniel Harmon s book is smarter than your average bear, funnier than your average LOLcat, and more useful than a dozen remote controls. In a top ten list of the top ten top ten books, "Super Pop" goes straight to number one. Nancy Holder, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Buffy: The Making of a Slayer""" This book of annotated lists reads like an effective study guide for your next trivia night (the) content is actually far more substantial than first impressions would imply This is a go-to resource for teens looking to bone up on pop culture, sound interesting at a party, or craft the perfect playlist for a workout. " Booklist" For anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit deficient in their pop-culture expertise, here is the ultimate guide, guaranteed to fill any void .The bizarre choices will prompt many double takes and lots of laughter .A weird, witty, endlessly entertaining compendium for the budding pop-culture aficionado. " Kirkus Reviews""This book is terrific fun just for browsing purposes. But as asource of potential teaching / discussion / writing ideas, it s downrightinvaluable." Peter Gutierrez, "Connect the Pop,""School Library Journal" blog""Super Pop" bursts with titillating pop cultural tidbits and trivia . . . Author Daniel Harmon s intent when he wrote "Super Pop" was to go beyond the usual lists of movies, books, and trivia, that Harmon calls 'unsurprising' and create exciting lists that spark the imagination, and 'go beyond the old standard and a few new staples.' "Super Pop" achieves this with flying colors." "ForeWord Reviews""Highly intriguing...Harmon envisions a world where his audience will take these recommendations, discover new things, and add to the cultural archive with their own lists and recommendations. In this way, everyone will have an investment in keeping artifacts of pop culture from 'slipping through the cracks, ' as he put it. 'I did not intend these lists to be an endpoint, ' Harmon said, 'but rather a beginning.'" "Flavorwire"" IndieFab Award Finalist ""Super Pop" is as snappy as its title--a wonderful gateway to broadened horizons for current and future pop culture obsessives."--Matt Zoller Seitz, "New York Magazine," television critic "Thanks to "Super Pop," you'll never be caught without a pop culture recommendation--or ten--to fit every social setting (and fill many weekday nights at home as well)."--Ethan Alter, "Television Without Pity," film critic ""Super Pop" is the Holy Grail for ALL your social and antisocial needs. Daniel Harmon's book is smarter than your average bear, funnier than your average LOLcat, and more useful than a dozen remote controls. In a top ten list of the top ten "top ten" books, "Super Pop" goes straight to number one."--Nancy Holder, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Buffy: The Making of a Slayer""" "This book of annotated lists reads like an effective study guide for your next trivia night...(the) content is actually far more substantial than first impressions would imply...This is a go-to resource for teens looking to bone up on pop culture, sound interesting at a party, or craft the perfect playlist for a workout."" --Booklist" "For anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit deficient in their pop-culture expertise, here is the ultimate guide, guaranteed to fill any void....The bizarre choices will prompt many double takes and lots of laughter....A weird, witty, endlessly entertaining compendium for the budding pop-culture aficionado." "--Kirkus Reviews""This book is terrific fun just for browsing purposes. But as a source of potential teaching / discussion / writing ideas, it's downright invaluable." --Peter Gutierrez, "Connect the Pop," "School Library Journal" blog""Super Pop" bursts with titillating pop cultural tidbits and trivia . . . Author Daniel Harmon's intent when he wrote "Super Pop" was to go beyond the usual lists of movies, books, and trivia, that Harmon calls 'unsurprising' and create exciting lists that spark the imagination, and 'go beyond the old standard and a few new staples.' "Super Pop" achieves this with flying colors." --"ForeWord Reviews""Highly intriguing...Harmon envisions a world where his audience will take these recommendations, discover new things, and add to the cultural archive with their own lists and recommendations. In this way, everyone will have an investment in keeping artifacts of pop culture from 'slipping through the cracks, ' as he put it. 'I did not intend these lists to be an endpoint, ' Harmon said, 'but rather a beginning.'" --"Flavorwire" ""Super Pop" is as snappy as its title--a wonderful gateway to broadened horizons for current and future pop culture obsessives."--Matt Zoller Seitz, "New York Magazine", television critic "Thanks to "Super Pop", you'll never be caught without a pop culture recommendation--or ten--to fit every social setting (and fill many weekday nights at home as well)."--Ethan Alter, "Television Without Pity", film critic ""Super Pop" is the Holy Grail for ALL your social and antisocial needs. Daniel Harmon's book is smarter than your average bear, funnier than your average LOLcat, and more useful than a dozen remote controls. In a top ten list of the top ten "top ten" books, "Super Pop" goes straight to number one."--Nancy Holder, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Buffy: The Making of a Slayer""" "This book of annotated lists reads like an effective study guide for your next trivia night...(the) content is actually far more substantial than first impressions would imply...This is a go-to resource for teens looking to bone up on pop culture, sound interesting at a party, or craft the perfect playlist for a workout."" --Booklist" "For anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit deficient in their pop-culture expertise, here is the ultimate guide, guaranteed to fill any void....The bizarre choices will prompt many double takes and lots of laughter....A weird, witty, endlessly entertaining compendium for the budding pop-culture aficionado." "--Kirkus Reviews""This book is terrific fun just for browsing purposes. But as a source of potential teaching / discussion / writing ideas, it's downright invaluable." --Peter Gutierrez, "Connect the Pop," "School Library Journal" blog""Super Pop" bursts with titillating pop cultural tidbits and trivia . . . Author Daniel Harmon's intent when he wrote "Super Pop" was to go beyond the usual lists of movies, books, and trivia, that Harmon calls 'unsurprising' and create exciting lists that spark the imagination, and
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About Daniel E. Harmon

Daniel Harmon is the editorial director at Zest Books, and a longtime editor of pop culture projects for a variety of publishers. He is a former staff writer at Brokelyn.com, and the author of an essay about Tommy Wiseau's film The Room, which was published in the anthology Cult Pop Culture (2011).
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