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By Zeese Papanikolas MA BA

In American Silence, a supplement to his past examine 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 personal mess ups 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 towards the yank mythology of luck and exhibit the basic solitude Alexis de Tocqueville stumbled on on the middle of the yankee soul. The painters George Caleb Bingham and Jackson Pollock and the hot Orleans photographer E. J. Bellocq expand the subject matter of erotic loss and the redemptive chances of paintings past it into the area of the visual.
 
On a deeper point, the lives and works of those writers, thinkers, artists, and public figures attach them to extra nerve-racking questions of yank crimes of race and despoliation. Their silences and reticences include a lingering pathos rooted in a attention of utopian chance simply ignored and to an unspoiled nature virtually inside dwelling memory.

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