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Vol. 5, No. 34 -- August 25, 2012
The economy ... American political democracy ... the climate ... the whole ecosystem--all seem to be collapsing at once. In a poem of 1920, W.B. Yeats noted, "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold." The show features a good routine on the very subject by George Carlin (early 1990s), music by James McMurtry ("Ruins of the Realm"), Yeats's poem, and somewhat-humorous reflections by K.D.
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Color photos shown here are by Yves Marchant and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit. See more here: http://www.marchandmeffre.com/detroit/index.html . The photos show (top to bottom) a peeling photomural of Detroit; the American Hotel; Fisher Body plant 21; and St. Christopher House, a public library. Click to enlarge.
The monochrome portrait is of William Butler Yeats.
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Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.
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