Friday, October 23, 2009


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  1. The portrait of the 2nd guy in jeans is so embedded in the zeitgeist that it must surprise those who inherit it here, for the first time, that they've never seen it before. Much as someone seeing his first portrait of the 16th President would say, "Oh, that has to be Lincoln," this was one of the earliest, most cogent, and (I think) most formative icons to announce an entire novus ordo seclorum -- of twinks, in its case -- which staked out a turf for them based on the shocking evanescence of their age, per se, but also on a fleeting (and, many think, divine) right of non-conformity. I think its power lies in removing the last imputed stigma from that condition, emancipating the nostalgia of the rest of us.


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