Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Approaching the Anniversary: 'This Passionate Chaos Was Set Loose'

"This passionate chaos was set loose, then, in every back yard. It is easy to be cynical about it in retrospect—being cynical about it in retrospect is by now a branch of American historical studies—and say that the poets’ overwrought grief was the product of a sleight of hand worked by Jackie, no other group so easily bought as American writers...But there was more than that. The death of J.F.K. marked the last time the highbrow reaches of the American imagination were complicit in the dignity of the Presidency." -- Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

1 comment :

gerrysegal said...

John . F. Kennedy’s assassination happened 50 years ago and a majority of Americans do not believe The Warren Commission Report. After 50 years of denials, free the files.

“Sunny Day in Dallas” – Gerry Segal