Cover: Born in Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales, and Pop Apocalypses, from Harvard University PressCover: Born in Flames in PAPERBACK

Born in Flames

Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales, and Pop Apocalypses

Add to Cart

Product Details


$29.50 • £23.95 • €26.50

ISBN 9780674027329

Publication Date: 04/15/2008

Academic Trade

496 pages

5-1/8 x 7-15/16 inches


  • Introduction: Meet The Furies/Pop Goes the Apocalypse
  • I. The Glamour of Extremity
    • 1. Fairy Tales from Strangers: Cat Power—Ghost World—Lora Logic—Phoebe Gloeckner
    • 2. Chinese Radiation:Tiananmen Square—Liberation Music OrchestraCloudland
    • 3. Venus, Armed: Brigitte Lin
    • 4. American Maniacs: Natural Born Killers versus Forrest Gump
    • 5. Jungle Boogie: Apocalypse Now Redux
    • 6. Metal-liad: Metallica—Guns ’N Roses—Nirvana
    • 7. Smells Like…: Sonic Youth—Kurt Cobain
    • 8. Vamp: Irma Vep—Olivier Assayas
    • 9. Screaming Target: Seijun Suzuki
    • 10. Blood Poet: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
    • 11. Sympathy for the Devils: Assassination Movies
    • 12. “Nebraska”
    • 13. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere:The Uneasy Ride of Rock and the New Hollywood
  • II. Shoot the Guitar Player
    • 14. Let Us Now Kill White Elephants: Lester Bangs
    • 15. Bring Me the Head of Gordon Sumner: Sting—Hasil Adkins
    • 16. Dueling Cadavers: The Mekons contra Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
    • 17. Aftermath: Eleventh Dream Day’s El Moodio
    • 18. Build Me an L.A. Woman: Los Angeles in Music and Memory
    • 19. Do the Clam: Elvis Cinema via Viva Las Vegas
    • 20. Reification Blues: The Persistence of the ’70s
    • 21. Moles on the Beach/Down in Flames: Ray-Gun Suitcase/The Day the Earth Met Rocket from the Tombs
    • 22. Mouse Trap Replica: Anthony Braxton
    • 23. Eyewitness News: Wire
    • 24. Imaginary Cities/Holiday for Strings: William Parker
    • 25. Book of Exodus: Plastic People of the Universe
    • 26. Prophecy Girls: Sleater-Kinney/Cadallaca—Sarah Dougher—Sally Timms
    • 27. Money Jungle Music: Matthew Shipp
  • III. Waterloo Sunset Boulevard
    • 28. Such Sweet Thunder: Pauline Kael, 1919-2001
    • 29. Anatomies of Melancholy: Chris Marker
    • 30. My Own Private Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 3: 1935-1938 and Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship
    • 31. Blur as Genre: Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express
    • 32. Nice Gesamtkunstwerk If You Can Get It: Tsui Hark/Ching Sui-tung
    • 33. JLG/SS: Godard-Spielberg, Inc.
    • 34. Lynch Mob: The Straight Story and Critical Myopia
    • 35. Flattering the Audience: American Splendor
    • 36. Savant-Idiot, or Pull the Last Train to Dogville: Lars von Trier X 3
    • 37. American Daemons: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Studies in Classic American Literature
    • 38. Wrecked in El Dorado: Angel
    • 39. Whatever You Desire: Movieland and Pornotopia: From The Big Sleep to Max Hardcore
    • 40. Gold Diggers of 1935: Pennies from Heaven and London Calling
    • 41. Apocrypha Now!: An Imaginary Discography of Thomas Pynchon’s Paranoids
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Credits
  • Index

From Our Blog

Photo of Lucia Jacobs as a child sitting next to Oaky

How to Plant a Forest

For this week’s University Press Week Blog Tour, Lucia Jacobs offers us a glimpse of environmental stewardship as seen through the activities of the ubiquitous squirrel, a species native to the Americas, Africa, and Eurasia from the Eocene Epoch onward. Lucia Jacobs is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library ( extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.