The Dustbin of History

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"How much history can be communicated by pressure on a guitar string?" Robert Palmer wondered in Deep Blues. Greil Marcus answers here: more than we will ever know. It is the history in the riff, in the movie or novel or photograph, in the actor's pose or critic's posturing--in short, the history in cultural happenstance--that Marcus reveals here, exposing along the way the distortions and denials that keep us oblivious if not immune to its lessons. Whether writing about the Beat Generation or Umberto Eco, Picasso's ...

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EGironda

May 10, 2007

Time Marches On

Mr Marcus is too smart for me. I like that about him. This book on cultural issues is hard to swallow in one bite, but like a fine pate, should be savored.

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