America's sprawling territories makes it easy for people to leave their families and connections, making it easier to kill or be killed. On one hand, the inventions of the Fair and the belief in commercialism and industry makes spectacle possible in a way that is not easily replicated anywhere else, Eiffel Tower aside. More so than anywhere else, the belief in newness and self-creation seems to be a kind of religion in America. Chicago would recreate itself,...
Science would set America free, leaving older primitive cultures to curiosity cabinets and freak shows, and science would give Holmes the tools to create the perfect murders, and then to profit by selling the remains, letting nothing go to waste in this little 'business' he was running. For both Holmes and Chicago, eradication of the 'dark city' beneath the image of a white facade was the essence of the American Dream.
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Erik Larson, the Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness, (New York: Crown, 2003), p.4.
And so indeed, Chicago - and hence in the eyes of the world, America - accomplished this dramatic transition into the 20th Century with a lot of help and a big public relations push resulting from the World's Fair, albeit the ugly specter of a serial killer at work spoiled the party in many ways. Ugliness could easily come into the scene in Washington D.C., as well, and threaten to
We can still do that, but it is difficult to imagine modern Americans engaging in these activities with any gusto, unless they thought they would benefit themselves in some way. The book is disturbing in its accounts of Holmes' murders and glorious as it describes the wonders of the Fair and what led up to those wonders. This is the major focus of the book, this juxtaposition between good and
) The transformation of the persona is a reflexion of the very transformation of society. Atlanta is the big scene hosting these developments. As a symbol of the south, Atlanta represents the life philosophy in which the color of the skin is directly connected with the construction of the social persona. All the lack people were slaves and treated as if they worth less than the white ones. In this regard
Miami was where it all happened. I dated then. I guess you could say I had a life. Back then, if I were to be living under any rock, it had to be a very beautiful one, such as limestone, the kind of limestone that grew in small crevices on the road leading up to my grandfather's home on the island. I felt then that Prince Charming would come, eventually
escape socialization, but the fact may be, as 'The House on Mango Street" shows, that the impacts of socialization stay forever. A Society has effects just as environmental pollution has. Some of these may be positive; others neutral, but still others may be self or socially destructive. The problem is that we are too close to these effects to recognize them for what they really are. In "The House
In McCrillis). For this reason, many people have worked tirelessly to restrict the sort of verbal hate crimes that Eminem commits against women, homosexuals and anyone else he desires. As Allan Bloom's book, the Closing of the American Mind notes, "Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music. This is the age of music and the states of soul that accompany it" (qtd. In Eby). When