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  •  Brooks (7+ / 0-)

    Oy.

    This paragraph is funny.  The framing of the whole article is interesting.  Took me awhile to figure out what I was reading.

    And I know every lyric to "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey" and I've never been to Liverpool in my life. This has nothing to do with my creating a "paracosm" of Liverpool. It has to do with the fact I heard the damn song about 15 times a day back in 1965, and that I still enjoy hearing it today. This kind of thing turns nostalgia into an exercise for lab rats, which, I've long believed, is basically Brooks's take on all of his fellow humans.
    Do people believe that shit from Brooks?


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 06:20:44 AM PDT

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    •  LOL (8+ / 0-)

      and the following two:

      It makes you appreciate the tremendous power of particularity. If your identity is formed by hard boundaries, if you come from a specific place, if you embody a distinct musical tradition, if your concerns are expressed through a specific paracosm, you are going to have more depth and definition than you are if you grew up in the far-flung networks of pluralism and eclecticism, surfing from one spot to the next, sampling one style then the next, your identity formed by soft boundaries, or none at all.
      Nope. I don't know, either. I do know that, if somebody had written a paragraph like this the day after Elvis's first appearance on the Louisiana Hayride, rock and roll would have died of boredom right on the spot. And, not for nothing, but what I think is Brooks's entire thesis here is completely blown to smithereens by the careers of both the Beatles and Bob Dylan, unless he thinks Lily, Rosemary and the Jack Of Hearts were real people.


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 06:22:56 AM PDT

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