Readers met Charlene "Charlie" Goodnight Myers in the novella "A Christmas Cactus." Now Charlie is Mayor of Brangus, Texas. When a Hollywood movie company comes to town, the citizens of Brangus can't wait to get into the action. Movie stars, mysterious strangers and a cruel director show up to enliven the plot. When a local socialite is accused of the murder of one of the movie staff, Charlie recruits her friends to help solve the crime. Readers will recognize Darci Tenant, Charlie's wealthy best friend, and Manuela, now owner of "Cowgirls and Curls" beauty salon. The redoubtable Vessie Lou Culpepper and feisty Justine Longacre also pitch in to help find the killer. Along the way, Mayor Charlie works hard to take care of business for the zany eccentric citizens of Brangus.
In "Like A Film, " Timothy Murray investigates how the cinematic apparatus has invaded the theory of culture, weaving together the disparate psycho-political' fabrics of cultural production, psychoanalysis and politically marked subject positions. The book analyzes the impact of the apparatus on a wide range of cultural practices: experimental art, from the film-making of Yvonne Rainer and Derek Jarman to Laurence Olivier's "Othello;" social and political narratives of race, sexuality, feminism and ecology; the visual theory of Lyotard, Torok, Barthes, Zizek, Silverman and Laplanche; articulations of history from the Renaissance visions of Shakespeare and Caravaggio to modern sexual and political fantasy. Murray suggests that the many destabilizing traumas of culture remain accessible to us because they are structured so much like film.
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