By Kenneth Goldsmith
What are the phrases we use to explain whatever that we by no means inspiration we might need to describe? In Seven American Deaths and Disasters, Kenneth Goldsmith transcribes historical radio and tv reviews of nationwide tragedies as they unfurl, revealing a very wealthy linguistic landscape of passionate description. Taking its identify from the sequence of Andy Warhol work by way of an analogous identify, Goldsmith recasts the mundane because the iconic, making a sequence of prose poems that encapsulate seven pivotal moments in contemporary American background: the toilet F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and John Lennon assassinations, the gap trip Challenger catastrophe, the Columbine shootings, September 11, and the demise of Michael Jackson. whereas we've got develop into familiar with looking at never-ending reruns of those tragic spectacles—often to the purpose of cliché—once rendered in textual content, they turn into unusual, and revealing new dimensions emerge. neutral reportage is printed to be laced with subjectivity, bias, secret, second-guessing, and, in lots of instances, white-knuckled worry. half nostalgia, half delusion, those phrases render pivotal moments in American background during the communal lens of media.
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Seven American Deaths and Disasters by Kenneth Goldsmith