Mortimer Taylor Coleridge is a unique man. With a mind of rare mathematical precision, he is obsessed with imposing order upon the chaos of every day life. A once brilliant student of evolutionary biology at Columbia University, he has turned his back on a promising academic career to devote his life to selling hot dogs at Papaya Queen. There, Mortimer uses his keen intellect to become the quickest and most efficient of hot dog men, devising a numerical-based system to sell hot dogs which maximizes both time and effort. One day while watching TV, Mortimer comes upon VH1, and his life is instantly transformed. While watching Behind the Music: No Doubt, he decides that he and Gwen Stefani are soul mates, destined to be together. When Mortimer discovers that her favorite food is a Papaya Queen hot dog, he dedicates his life to preparing for the day, which he knows will come, when Gwen Stefani will walk into the Papaya Queen where he works, order a frankfurter and fall in love with him. Dreaming of Gwen Stefanitakes our culture’s obsession with celebrity to its logical-or illogical-conclusion.
Capital Punishment: A Balanced Examination challenges readers to re-evaluate every aspect of their beliefs regarding this controversial subject. The book explores the American death penalty as law and social policy and requires readers to consider basic philosophical questions such as: Would you ever kill? Is the legal system capable of distinguishing between murderers who deserve to die and those who don’t? Is revenge a legitimate aim of the criminal justice system? Each chapter begins with a primer on an issue, is followed by data and critical documents (including cases), and concludes with essays offering differing viewpoints by some of the nation’s top scholars. The second edition, published in 2011, includes updated research on deterrence, new data and articles on brutalization and cost, the most recent cases on the death penalty for juveniles and child rape, and a new chapter on methods of execution.
A day-to-day account of the 1997 New York City mayoral race told from the perspective of the research director on Ruth Messinger’s doomed challenge to Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Eyes on City Hall offers a behind-the-scenes look at political campaigns in the television era. It takes us to the real battlegrounds of modern politics: polls, focus groups and television editing studios. We watch first-hand as political consultants, conceive of the ideal candidate and then attempt to fit their client into that ideal, no matter how uncomfortably.