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Nick GillespieAs the title suggests, Goffman wants to give us a long view of "transgressive, avant-garde movements" that "challenge authoritarianism in both its obvious and its subtle forms" and embrace constant individual and social change. The result is a madcap trip across time and myth, a sort of Ken and Dan's excellent adventure that stresses the Promethean impulse to steal fire and give it to the common man. When it comes to the countercultural, Goffman notes in a representative passage, "We think of Goethe's immortality-seeking bad boy Faust. We think of Robin Hood and his merry band of Weathermen. We think of Alfred E. Neuman."
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