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Gentlemen of the Shade

My Own Private Idaho · Pop Classics

by Jen Sookfong Lee

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Gus Van Sant's film and the '90s cult of the alternative

Gus Van Sant's 1991 indie darling My Own Private Idaho perplexed and provoked, inspiring a new ethos for a new decade: being different was better than being good. Gentlemen of the Shade examines how the film was a coming-of-age for a generation of young people who would embrace the alternative and bring their outsider perspectives to sustainability, technology, gender constructs, and social responsibility.

My Own Private Idaho — fragmented and saturated with colour and dirt and a painfully beautiful masculinity — also crept into popular media, and its influence can still be traced. R.E.M. Portlandia. Hipsterism. James Franco. Referencing the often-funny and sometimes-tragic cultural touchstones of the past 26 years, Gentlemen of the Shade sets the film as social bellwether for the many outsiders who were looking to join the right, or any, revolution.

Publication Details

Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication Date:
2017
Series:
Pop Classics

Format

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  • Open PDF eBook 1.7 MB
  • Open EPUB eBook 0.9 MB

Jen Sookfong Lee (Author)

Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver's East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. She is the author of The Conjoined; The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award; The End of East; and Shelter, a...

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