The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice
Faber & Faber, 2006 - 320 pages
In The Shape of Things to Come, Greil Marcus untangles the story of America's covenant with itself -and the idealism, horror, eloquence and violence integral to its founding narratives. In a thrilling account that moves back and forth between culture and politics, and with deep dives into the work of a few artists who strikingly dramatize the challenge America poses to each of its citizens - Herman Melville and Raymond Chandler, Philip Roth and David Lynch, Bill Pullman and Sheryl Lee, David Thomas of Pere Ubu and Allen Ginsberg - Marcus captures a story that is constantly being remade and retold, in voices at once paranoid and sardonic, inspiring and terrifying.
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THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: Prophecy and the American VoiceUser Review - Kirkus
Prophets are among us, declares Marcus (Like a Rolling Stone, 2005, etc.): singing and making films, writing novels and poetry. But we rarely listen to them until it's too late.The noted cultural ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gregtmills - LibraryThing
At first blush, pop Zarathustra Greil Marcus's latest book, The Shape of Things to Come, looks like something cooked up by a Sarah Lawrence undergrad in an end-of-term panic. According to Marcus ... Read full review