Staying Up Much Too Late: Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and the Dark Side of the American Psyche (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Art - 256 pages
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A fascinating study of Edward Hopper's iconic Nighthawks painting and its deep significance for understanding American culture. Staying up Much Too Late discusses the painting Nighthawks and the painter Edward Hopper and their central importance to twentieth-century American culture. Topics include individualism, New York City, Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, diners, pornography, capitalism, advertising, cigarettes, American philosophy, World War II, Gravity's Rainbow, Blade Runner, Pulp Fiction, Russ Meyer, R. Crumb, David Lynch, and film noir What links these together is the painting's pessimistic take on American culture, which it also seems to epitomize. Despite its desolate feel, Nighthawks has become a familiar icon, reproduced on posters and postcards, in movies and on television shows. But Nighthawks is more than just a masterful painting. It is a portal into that rarely acknowledged but pervasive dark side of the American psyche.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Making of the Painting or How to Be a Stranger in Your Own Land
15
Chapter 2 One Man One Big Damned City
41
Chapter 3 The End of the World Came Sometime Yesterday
60
Chapter 4 When Freedom Means You Dont Know Who You Are
82
Hardcore Nighthawks
102
Wicked Women and WeakWilled Men
122
Chapter 7 Cheap Cigars and ExLax
144
Chapter 8 How to Expect Failure and Avoid Disappointment
165
Chapter 9 Desperate Schemes
185
Chapter 10 America Noir
205
Notes on Sources
223
Acknowledgments
233
Index
235
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

GORDON THEISEN was born in Queens, New York. He has worked as a landscaper, dishwasher, barback, cashier, library clerk, construction worker, telemarketer, taxi driver, teacher, proofreader, and freelance writer. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with his wife, two-year-old son, and his wife's cat.

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