The Dustbin of History

The Dustbin of History

by Greil Marcus

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ISBN-13: 9780674218581
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/25/1997
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 971,229
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Greil Marcus is the author of The Doors, Mystery Train, and other books.

Table of Contents

Sketch

MAPS


The Dustbin of History in a World Made Fresh


History Lesson


The Mask of Dimitrios


Myth and Misquotation

TERRITORIES
A Single Revelation

On Peter Handke's Short Letter, Long Farewell


Götterdämmerung after Twenty-OneYears

On Nazi-Hunting ThriIers


You Could Catch It

On Guy Debord's Panegyric


Dylan as Historian

On "Blind Willie McTell"


Happy Endings

On E. L. Doctrow's Ragtime and Robert Altman's Nashville


Cowboys and Germans

On Wim Wenders's Emotion Pictures


Cowboy Boots and Germans

On A Susan Sontag Reader


The Bob McFadden Experience

On The Beat Generation CD Box Set


Thc Expanding Vacant Spot

On Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson's And Their Children after Them


Jan and Dean as Purloined Letter

On Dead Man's Curve: The Story of Jan and Dean


Dead Man's Curve

On American Hot Wax


When You Walk in the Room

On Robert Johnson


Cretins, Fools, Morons, and Lunatics

On Umbcrto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum


Old-Time Religion

On Camille Paglia's Sexual Personae


A Change in the Weathcr

On The Book of J


Lost and Found

On the Exhibition Ice Age Art


Escape from New York

On Herschel Chipp's Picasso's "Guernica"


A Dream of the Cold War

On The Manchurian Candidate


John Waynelistening


Germany in a Second Language

On Peter Schneider's The Wall Jumper

SETTLEMENTS


The Deborah Chessler Story


Think We Might Get Some Rain?

Sources


Acknowledgments


Credits
Index

What People are Saying About This

Marcus has abilities which I've always thought of as characteristic of the best critics of the great New York School: he embeds the works of art he discusses in a wonderfully vivid recreation of the cultures that produced them. As a historian he succeeds again and again shows how a speech, an exhibit, a song, or a movie, seen in context but not reduced to context, offers us either the history we didn't get to live or the history we couldn't avoid--and does so better than a library of supposedly higher art forms.

Anthony Grafton

Marcus has abilities which I've always thought of as characteristic of the best critics of the great New York School: he embeds the works of art he discusses in a wonderfully vivid recreation of the cultures that produced them. As a historian he succeeds again and again shows how a speech, an exhibit, a song, or a movie, seen in context but not reduced to context, offers us either the history we didn't get to live or the history we couldn't avoid--and does so better than a library of supposedly higher art forms.
Anthony Grafton, author of New Worlds, Ancient Texts

Elvis Costello

This book could just as easily be called The Theft of History. Even being a witness to events is no longer a guarantee of their permanence. In the course of my recent interrogations, I found that Greil Marcus's words were quoted to me as often as those of the subjects of his essays. But once you have enough words in circulation, somebody will come along to use them to trip you up.

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