Captive audience On love and reality TV

Lucas Mann

Book - 2018

"An intimate portrait of a marriage intertwined with a meditation on reality TV that reveals surprising connections and the meaning of an authentic life"--

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Published
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC [2018]
Language
English
Item Description
"A Vintage Books original" -- Title page verso.
Physical Description
258 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780525435549
0525435549
Main Author
Lucas Mann (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this one-of-a-kind essay collection, Mann explores the fruitful if fraught relationship between love and reality television. Mann is a reality TV junkie, embedded deeply in the fandom of countless franchises. He knows the interpersonal conflicts of the Real Housewives of every city. He can place historical events by matching the time period to the concurrent season of Real World. He also devoutly follows Sister Wives, Teen Mom, The Little Couple, Vanderpump Rules, My 600-lb Life, and more, and he writes about them all with admiration and tenderness for their real human subjects. Mann's book is not about justifying guilty pleasures or shaming reality stars and their makers but about the ways in which reality television enhances American life. Though his essays are academic, they are also readable and heartfelt; each one includes commentary written directly to his wife, recounting episodes watched and emotions shared. Mann recounts the ways in which reality television not only reflects the culture of its viewers but also nestles its way into their hearts. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An intimate portrait of a marriage intertwined with a meditation on reality TV that reveals surprising connections and the meaning of an authentic life"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the national bestselling author of Lord Fear and Class A comes "a tender, humane, comic, brainy, unsettling achievement” (Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship) about what it means to live an authentic life and what it means to love a person. 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 reveals surprising connections and the meaning of an authentic life.