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Memoir meets cultural feedback during this exam of yank pop culture on the finish of the century.

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The closer women came to him, the more he sneered at their weakness; the closer men came because they admired him for his way with women, the more he mocked their desires and their incapacity to fulfill them. The rich were sorrier dupes than the working stiff because they thought their dearest possessions, their women, couldn’t be taken from them. On the night of the day JFK was shot, I wound up, as usual, at Skee’s bar. There was J. J. Jerry, steel grey hair combed sharply back, bags under half-closed eyes, open-collared, starched white shirt, standing behind the bar.

She queried. “Pootergle,” I told her. “I’ve never heard of that,” she replied. ” Poodle. Terrier. Beagle. A hybrid in purebred Mayflower country. No one asked about Dickens down in Oxley Holl’r but Cissy caught folks’ eye. Especially when they saw her chase after squirrel, so fast she could get out front and nip at their noses. “That dog can hunt some I bet,” somebody would say. Something accrued to my reputation by having a blue-eyed beagle whippet mix. Good nose, agility, and speed. But she didn’t know how to hunt and she was neurotic and if we didn’t tie her up she would have wound up in a fox trap herself.

We want to say it’s not a matter of “desire” but “intelligence,” that is, intelligence would have perceived the usefulness of the wheel and intelligence would have invented the wheel. I supposed desire comes out of how we imagine the world and ourselves, and obviously Native Americans imagined the world and themselves in such as way as to preclude the creation of a desire for the wheel, of moving more easily, faster. They had desires for other things but not for this. So I don’t think a technology has an aloof awesomeness that we cannot fail to obey: “if we build it, the future will come” sort of thing.

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