By Joseph McElroy
An uninvited visitor, getting into the empty manhattan residence of a guy identified to intimates as "Dom," proceeds to write down for his absent host a curious confession. Its shut money owed of friendship seeing that boyhood with males without doubt unknown to Dom and definitely to one another is interleaved with the tale of Dom himself.
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It was always wise to establish yourself as an American. ”31 Less complicated correspondents like Dorothy Thompson would have blurted out that “Americans should not travel all the time, blindly and cheerfully,” and that it is not “wise” but cowardly to shield oneself behind one’s American passport. But Mary cannot say what she means, or cannot think what she wants to think, because she cannot stand the idea that her sincere thoughts change nothing about America’s relation to a stricken ﬁeld that was Europe.
In war, the nation would be mobilized to achieve a simple and popular goal: defeat of the enemy. The writers’ task would be straightforward: to rationalize this crude military objective in idealized terms. In peace, by sharp contrast, there would be no consensus, due to class antagonism and racism, on the goals and means of democratic reform at home, which would force liberal writers to be more inventive. In 1917, Bourne concluded, American intellectuals told themselves that war was inevitable and necessary because they were mentally lazy.
If a small nation in a mountainous region does not surrender by sunrise, the aggressor nation vows to launch massive air strikes. The announcer’s mesmeric voice not only eases the listeners into a particular mental state, the apprehension of air strikes; it also binds the radio listeners to the announcer. His voice ﬂows into the listeners’ most private space, their mind. He speaks now and the listeners hear now. This shared “now” creates the illusion of proximity, or even immediacy, despite the physical distance that separates the studio from millions of drawing rooms.
Ancient History: A Paraphase by Joseph McElroy