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Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV

Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV

"According to Lucas Mann’s epistolary-memoir-cum-cultural-criticism, love and reality television have in common the following: a relationship between expectation and disappointment; an element of performance; self-awareness, and lack thereof; a desire to be the observed and the observer in a non-voyeuristic way; the need to watch a life unfold before your very eyes."

Nathalie K.

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Author Lucas Mann
Publisher Vintage
Publication Date 2018-05-01
Section Biography / All Staff Suggestions / Non-Fiction Suggestions / Nathalie K.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780525435549

An intimate portrait of a marriage intertwined with a meditation on reality TV that reveals surprising connections and the meaning of an authentic life. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.

In Lucas Mann's trademark vein--fiercely intelligent, self-deprecating, brilliantly observed, idiosyncratic, personal, funny, and infuriating--Captive Audience is an appreciation of reality television wrapped inside a love letter to his wife, with whom he shares the guilty pleasure of watching "real" people bare their souls in search of celebrity. Captive Audience resides at the intersection of popular culture with the personal; the exhibitionist impulse, with the schadenfreude of the vicarious, and in confronting some of our most suspect impulses achieves a heightened sense of what it means to live an authentic life and what it means to love a person.

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