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"To me, cosmology and empire are antithetical. Empire becomes a cosmology. It's a pseudo-cosmology."
(Nov. 4, 2004. From the journals of Drew Dellinger)
“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or to feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it.”
--Martin Luther King Jr.
from I Have a Dream: The Quotations of Martin Luther King Jr., Hoskins, ed. (1968)
"Sgt. Pepper hit a nerve in popular culture as nothing before had.... 'For a brief while,' critic Langdon Winner famously wrote, 'the irreparably fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young.'
This was seen -- and is still remembered -- as a call to community. In some ways, the Beatles had represented this ideal all along: Through them, we witnessed the cultural power that a pop group and its audience could create; with Sgt. Pepper, possibilities of all sorts that felt boundless. Rock & roll became collusive with the social and political disruptions of the 1960s."
Rolling Stone magazine,
The Beatles: The Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide
Will Palin run, and if so, will she wear an "I'm too pretty to do homework" shirt?
"A Day in the Life" exists in the space between unawareness and disenchantment -- the space that the times now moved in -- and it closes with the most famous moment in 1960s music: a single chord played by Lennon, McCartney, Ringo Starr, [George] Martin and Mal Evans across several pianos at once, reverberating on and on, like a possibility without resolution. It was the abyss at the end of the dream, the void that the dream had to somehow surmount. As that eventful chord lingered and then decayed, it bound up an entire culture in its mysteries, its implications, its sense of providence found and lost. In some ways, it was the most stirring moment that the culture would ever share, and the last gesture of genuine unity that we would ever hear from the Beatles."
--Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone magazine,
The Beatles: The Ultimate Album-By-Album Guide (2011)