Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Art and Culture In the Bush Era

THE WAY WE WERE Art and Culture In the Bush Era

This article appears in the current issue of Newsweek Magazine. Newsweek asked its cultural critics to pick the one work in their field that they believe exemplifies what it was like to be alive in the age of George W. Bush. Check out Newsweeks website or pick-up a copy. I love the intro text:

If artists depend on angst and unrest to fuel their creative fire, then at least in one sense the 43rd presidency has been a blessing. Eight years is an eternity in the life of a culture, and when we look back on an era, we do it through pinholes: a movie here, a book there. What will stand out, decades from now, as the singular emblems of this moment in history?

I agree with Lorraine Ali's choice for music. Green Day's "American Idiot" is a superb musical journey that harnesses all of the feelings and emotions that many American's have been experiencing since the early stages of Bush's term. What tv show, movie, album, art work, book, or poem stands out for you, over the last eight years, that sums up what it has been like living in the age of George W. Bush. If only it was a dream. I'd like to hear what you would include if asked. Please leave a comment.

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