American Carnage

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  • 21 Jan 2017 at 10:15 pm #8773

    Glass
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    “…rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.”
    (Trump inaugural speech)

    Has Steve Bannon been reading McCarthy? If Trump ever uses “graveyard dead” or “casket black” I’ll be convinced.


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    22 Jan 2017 at 7:01 am #8776

    Richard L.
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    There’s much more Cormac McCarthy in Trump’s words here:

    http://bedfordandbowery.com/2016/04/who-said-it-donald-trump-or-cormac-mccarthys-blood-meridian/


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    23 Jan 2017 at 1:04 pm #8782

    cantona
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    In Berlin last year, David Holloway presented an interesting paper on paranoia in The Road and how it was analogous to the “hegemony of threat” in post-9/11 America. He also invoked (resurrected?) Raymond Williams’ ‘Structure of Feeling’ to describe how such end-of-days thinking permeates all manner of contemporary cultural representation and political discourse. So, in this sense, Trump is opportunistically riffing on something that is very much felt within the culture. I would say, however, that Trump’s image of American industrial Carnage is more in keeping with the movie version than the novel.


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    14 Feb 2017 at 11:26 am #8854

    vike savoth
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    I thought I misheard him and he was a fan of Metheney’s “American Garage”


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