The Real Animal House

Author: Chris Miller
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 0316022411
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"Loud, raucous, infantile, racy, and very funny...The book is full of likable eccentrics, sexual shenanigans, and--if you know where to look for them--valuable life lessons."--Booklist Animal House, the movie, didn't tell the half of it. Writing with a freshness and joy that make Dartmouth 1960 feel like a beer-soaked rock-and-roll heaven on earth, Chris Miller tells the real story of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity as no one else could. Seal, Doberman, Otter, the legendary Moses (he of the burning bush) - these titans and dozens of others come alive again, terrorizing the administration, taunting cops, surviving their own lunacy, and challenging the squareness of a stifling time. The Real Animal House is the perfect antidote for a conventional age much like today. "A breezy, chuckle-worthy read, and a must for the Animal House fan." -Courier-Post "Action-packed. . . . A boozy holler of a book, with a great soundtrack." -Kirkus Reviews "A seriously funny read. . . . The joy and exuberance that Pinto and his pals demonstrate holds a lesson for every generation that needs to learn not to blindly follow the expectations of parents and guidance counselors, but to seek out those blissful bands of merry misfits that appear from time to time." -Review

Fat Drunk and Stupid

Author: Matty Simmons
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429942355
Format: PDF
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In 1976 the creators of National Lampoon, America's most popular humor magazine, decided to make a movie. It would be set on a college campus in the 1960s, loosely based on the experiences of Lampoon writers Chris Miller and Harold Ramis and Lampoon editor Doug Kenney. They named it Animal House, in honor of Miller's fraternity at Dartmouth, where the members had been nicknamed after animals. Miller, Ramis, and Kenney wrote a film treatment that was rejected and ridiculed by Hollywood studios—until at last Universal Pictures agreed to produce the film, with a budget of $3 million. A cast was assembled, made up almost completely of unknowns. Stephen Furst, who played Flounder, had been delivering pizzas. Kevin Bacon was a waiter in Manhattan when he was hired to play Chip. Chevy Chase was considered for the role of Otter, but it wound up going to the lesser-known Tim Matheson. John Belushi, for his unforgettable role as Bluto, made $40,000 (the movie's highest-paid actor). For four weeks in the fall of 1977, the actors and crew invaded the college town of Eugene, Oregon, forming their own sort of fraternity in the process. The hilarious, unforgettable movie they made wound up earning more than $600 million and became one of America's most beloved comedy classics. It launched countless careers and paved the way for today's comedies from directors such as Judd Apatow and Todd Phillips. Bestselling author Matty Simmons was the founder of National Lampoon and the producer of Animal House. In Fat, Drunk, and Stupid, he draws from exclusive interviews with actors including Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, Peter Riegert, and Mark Metcalf, director John Landis, fellow producer Ivan Reitman, and other key players—as well as behind-the-scenes photos—to tell the movie's outrageous story, from its birth in the New York offices of the National Lampoon to writing a script, assembling the perfect cast, the wild weeks of filming, and, ultimately, to the film's release and megasuccess. This is a hilarious romp through one of the biggest grossing, most memorable, most frequently quoted, and most celebrated comedies of all time.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Author: Josh Karp
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1556526024
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Uses 150 interviews to provide a behind-the-scenes look at humorist Doug Kenney and his role in the history of the revolutionary humor magazine "National Lampoon."

National Lampoon s Animal House

Author: Chris Miller
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780978832346
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First published in 1978, this novelization includes trivia from the movie and contains a new introduction.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

Author: Rick Meyerowitz
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9780810988484
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A former National Lampoon illustrator selects the funniest pieces from the humor magazine's golden age and gathers the most revealing and outrageous stories from those who worked on the laugh-out-loud periodical during its first decade, many of whom went on to work on such TV shows and films as Saturday Night Live, Animal House, Spinal Tap and more.

Putinomics

Author: Chris Miller
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469640678
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When Vladimir Putin first took power in 1999, he was a little-known figure ruling a country that was reeling from a decade and a half of crisis. In the years since, he has reestablished Russia as a great power. How did he do it? What principles have guided Putin's economic policies? What patterns can be discerned? In this new analysis of Putin's Russia, Chris Miller examines its economic policy and the tools Russia's elite have used to achieve its goals. Miller argues that despite Russia's corruption, cronyism, and overdependence on oil as an economic driver, Putin's economic strategy has been surprisingly successful. Explaining the economic policies that underwrote Putin's two-decades-long rule, Miller shows how, at every juncture, Putinomics has served Putin's needs by guaranteeing economic stability and supporting his accumulation of power. Even in the face of Western financial sanctions and low oil prices, Putin has never been more relevant on the world stage.

The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy

Author: Chris Miller
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469630184
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For half a century the Soviet economy was inefficient but stable. In the late 1980s, to the surprise of nearly everyone, it suddenly collapsed. Why did this happen? And what role did Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's economic reforms play in the country's dissolution? In this groundbreaking study, Chris Miller shows that Gorbachev and his allies tried to learn from the great success story of transitions from socialism to capitalism, Deng Xiaoping's China. Why, then, were efforts to revitalize Soviet socialism so much less successful than in China? Making use of never-before-studied documents from the Soviet politburo and other archives, Miller argues that the difference between the Soviet Union and China--and the ultimate cause of the Soviet collapse--was not economics but politics. The Soviet government was divided by bitter conflict, and Gorbachev, the ostensible Soviet autocrat, was unable to outmaneuver the interest groups that were threatened by his economic reforms. Miller's analysis settles long-standing debates about the politics and economics of perestroika, transforming our understanding of the causes of the Soviet Union's rapid demise.

Going Too Far

Author: Tony Hendra
Publisher: Dolphin Books
ISBN:
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Chronicles the history of "Boomer Humor," from its beginnings with Lenny Bruce and Jules Feiffer, through the sixties and the work of Richard Pryor and Woody Allen, to its contemporary expression in "Saturday Night Live"

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy

Author: Andrew Lohse
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250033675
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A Dartmouth fraternity member who blew the whistle on inhumane hazing practices in a Rolling Stone profile presents a true account of sordidness and redemption.

Babes in Boyland

Author: Gina Barreca
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1611682029
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A humorous and provocative account of being a female undergraduate at Dartmouth College in its turbulent first years of co-education