Greatest Hits: An Anthology in Four Volumes

An anthology of writings on Studio Ghibli, video games, film, television, audio and daily life. Includes selections from the books Zen Arcade: Classic Video Game Reviews and Pop Life.

356 pages. Release Date: 11/21/2017

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When author Daniel Thomas MacInnes dissects the pop culture universe, you better sit up and pay attention. Greatest Hits: An Anthology in Four Volumes is a compilation book that collects essays and musings from four separate book volumes (including two still in production) under one roof. “An Anthology in Four Volumes” examines, dissects and satirizes the pop culture universe from every angle: film and television, animation and live-action, music and audio, video and computer games, politics and social commentary. Every chapter is filled with sharp wit, humor and insight.

Zen Arcade: A collection of 140 classic video game reviews across six legendary systems, NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Turbografx-16, Sega Genesis, and Neo-Geo. Essential reading for fans, collectors and designers alike, this is the new standard for video game criticism.

Pop Life: Essays and social commentary that takes live through the distorted lens of popular culture and the arts, including film & television, music & audio, video games & animation, politics & daily life.

Videogame Classics: Reviews celebrating the greatest video and computer games ever made, from legendary blockbuster hits to the most obscure classics. Every era and style of video game is covered, from the 1970s to today and all points in between. (Full book coming soon.)

Conversations on Ghibli: A comprehensive study of the animated movies of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, founders of the legendary Studio Ghibli. For lovers of Ghibli, animation and the movies, this is essential reading. (Full book coming soon.)

Like the “greatest hits” records of the past, this album is a perfect sampler of the artist’s broad work, and is an excellent starting point for your literary journey.

Greatest Hits essays include: ActRaiser; Anne of Green Gables; California Games; Donkey Kong Country; Herzog Zwei; My Neighbor Totoro; Napoleon Dynamite; Ratatouille; Sonic CD; Spirited Away; The Thriller Zombies Come to Chew on the Corpse; Truth is the First Casualty of War; and 80 more.


“I have been a fan of Daniel Thomas MacInnes Ghibli Blog for the better part of a decade now. He writes with great insight and passion about movies, games, music, and culture. This book is a good sampler platter for those who want to check out his writing style and interests. Everything from Old Hollywood classics to NES games to Miles Davis are given the same thoughtful treatment.”

– Emilie, GoodReads critic