By Zeese Papanikolas MA BA

In American Silence, a supplement to his past learn Trickster within the Land of Dreams, Zeese Papanikolas investigates a couple of major American cultural artifacts and the lives in their makers. For Papanikolas, either the non-public disasters and public successes of Clarence King, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, and Hank Williams resonate with silences. those silences—absences and omissions—put them against the yank mythology of good fortune and show the basic solitude Alexis de Tocqueville discovered on the center of the yank soul. The painters George Caleb Bingham and Jackson Pollock and the recent Orleans photographer E. J. Bellocq expand the topic of erotic loss and the redemptive chances of artwork past it into the world of the visual.
 
On a deeper point, the lives and works of those writers, thinkers, artists, and public figures attach them to extra stressful questions of yankee crimes of race and despoliation. Their silences and reticences comprise a lingering pathos rooted in a realization of utopian hazard simply neglected and to an unspoiled nature nearly inside of dwelling memory.

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