6.19.2008

Against the Greatest Generation

Ken Ringle on the National Mall:

"the great central place in Washington that remains today the world’s largest planned urban open space, symbolizing the American psyche and destiny of perpetual becoming. This concept, contrasting with the European tradition of monuments celebrating past triumphs, has become increasingly blurred in recent decades as this tabula rasa has been encroached on with modern “memorials” of questionable aesthetic merit."
I guess I've always disliked the "Greatest Generation" jazz because I feel there's no room then for those of us to come, and that seems un-American. It's a freezing of historical mobility that reminds me of the freezing of social mobility, and it rubs me the wrong way.

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