VIRTUAL: Kathleen Collins in Conversation With Matthew Gilbert

Please join us and author Kathleen Collins for a fun conversation, as she discusses her latest book, From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television with the Boston Globe's TV Critic, Matthew Gilbert! Register for this Zoom webinar here.

About From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole:

For the past several years, critics have been describing the present era as both "the end of television" and one of "peak TV," referring to the unprecedented quality and volume and the waning of old technologies, formats, and habits. Television's projections and reflections have significantly contributed to who we are individually and culturally. From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television reveals the reflections of a TV scholar and fan analyzing how her life as a consumer of television has intersected with the cultural and technological evolution of the medium itself. In a narrative bridging television studies, memoir, and comic, literary nonfiction, Kathleen Collins takes readers alongside her from the 1960s through to the present, reminiscing and commiserating about some of what has transpired over the last five decades in the US, in media culture, and in what constitutes a shared cultural history.

In a personal, critical, and entertaining meditation on her relationship with TV--as avid consumer and critic--she considers the concept and institution of TV as well as reminiscing about beloved, derided, or completely forgotten content. She describes the shifting role of TV in her life, in a progression that is far from unique, but rather representative of a largely collective experience. It affords a parallel coming of age, that of the author and her coprotagonist, television. By turns playful and serious, wry and poignant, it is a testament to the profound and positive effect TV can have on a life and, by extrapolation, on the culture.

Kathleen Collins is professor and librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She is author of Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows and Dr. Joyce Brothers: The Founding Mother of TV Psychology. Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Popular Film and Television, Critical Studies in Television, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies.

Matthew Gilbert is the TV critic at the Boston Globe. Before that, he covered books and movies for the Globe, as well as celebrity and author interviews. He has written for Slate and Esquire.com and was the managing editor of the Boston Review. His book “Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2014.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

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From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781496832290
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: University Press of Mississippi - March 2nd, 2021

For the past several years, critics have been describing the present era as both "the end of television" and one of "peak TV," referring to the unprecedented quality and volume and the waning of old technologies, formats, and habits. Television's projections and reflections have significantly contributed to who we are individually and culturally.


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