The Dustbin of History

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - 274 עמודים
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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 Guernica or the massacre in Tiananmen Square, The Manchurian Candidate or John Wayne's acting, Eric Ambler's antifascist thrillers or Camille Paglia, Marcus uncovers the histories embedded in our cultural moments and acts, and shows how, through our reading of the truths our culture tells and those it twists and conceals, we situate ourselves in that history and in the world. Rarely has a history lesson been so exhilarating. With the startling insights and electric style that have made him our foremost writer on American music, Marcus brings back to life the cultural events that have defined us and our time, the social milieu in which they took place, and the individuals engaged in them. As he does so, we see that these cultural instances--as lofty as The Book of J, as humble as a TV movie about Jan and Dean, as fleeting as a few words spoken at the height of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, as enduring as a Paleolithic painting--often have more to tell us than the master-narratives so often passed off as faultless representations of the past.

Again and again Marcus skewers the widespread assumption that history exists only in the past, that it is behind us, relegated to the dustbin. Here we see instead that history is very much with us, being made and unmade every day, and unless we recognize it our future will be as cramped and impoverished as our present sense of the past.

 

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Sketch
1
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmim Maps
11
The Dustbin of History in a World Made Fresh
13
History Lesson
21
The Mask of Dimitrios
29
Myth and Misquotation
36
Territories
47
A Single Revelation On Peter Handkes Short Letter Long Farewell
49
When You Walk in the Room
141
Cretins Fools Morons and Lunatics
155
OldTime Religion
162
A Change in the Weather
169
Lost and Found
175
Escape from New York
185
A Dream of the Cold
192
John Wayne Listening
209

Gdtterdammerung after TwentyOne Years On NaziHunting Thrillers
52
You Could Catch It On Guy Debords Panegyric
70
Dylan as Historian On Blind Willie McTell
80
Happy Endings On E L Doctorows Ragtime and Robert Airmans Nashville
88
On Wim Wenderss Emotion Pictures
97
Cowboy Boots and Germans
103
The Bob McFadden Experience
111
The Expanding Vacant Spot
119
Jan and Dean as Purloined Letter
126
Dead Mans Curve
133
Germany in a Second Language
216
Settlements
223
The Deborah Chessler Story
225
Think We Might Get Some Rain?
241
Sources
253
Acknowledgments
261
Credits
264
Index
265
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Greil Marcus is the author of "Invisible Republic," "Dead Elvis," "Lipstick Traces," & "Mystery Train." His pieces have appeared in a wide range of publications, including "Artforum," "Interview," "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," & "Esquire." He will be teaching at Princeton & Berkeley in fall 2000.

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