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Mythomania: Tales of Our Times, From Apple to Isis

Author: Conrad, Peter
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Pub Date: 03/08/2017
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500293546
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Quick overview [An] entertaining rejoinder, [a] look at the hidden structures and unacknowledged tendencies of our day. --Kirkus Reviews
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Peter Conrad's exhilarating book exposes the absurdity and occasional insanity of our godforsaken, demon-haunted contemporary culture. Conrad casts his brilliant beam upon subjects from the Queen to the Kardashians, via Banksy, Nando's, vaping, the vogue of the cronut, the mushroom-like rise of Dubai, the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the growth of the Pacific garbage patch...

In Judge Judy, he shows us a matronly Roman goddess dispensing justice with a fly swatter. In the metamorphosis of Caitlyn Jenner from Olympic athlete and paterfamilias into idealized female form, he sees parallels to the deeds of the residents of Mount Olympus themselves. Finally, after surveying advances in biomedical engineering and artificial intelligence, he asks whether we might be on the brink of a post-human world.

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