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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:35 am
by Stephen Fox
German word used to Mourn and redeem the Nazi atrocities. A Cultural reckoning for the entire county, even those who say they were not complicit.

Word popped up toward the end of a magisterial new analysis of the life and work of Faulkner, The Saddest Words by Michael Gorda.

I'm reading now. For intro google the review in the Atlantic; also search for analysis at

SBC Critical race theory resistors need a deep dive on this one. The last few chapters soar.

I always thought I would go to my grave with mediocre understanding of As I lay Dying, The sound and the Fury and others. But now I have a clue

More must reading for Influencers with Progressive Baptists

PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:38 am
by Stephen Fox
Excerpt from Paul Harvey's Three Southern religion stories. See full review in the Trevor Lawrence History thread

Levon Helm, Davidson's Frank Price; Three Stories in Southern Religion. An Excerpt
From the 19th century to the present, Southern musicians and those inspired by southern forms of music drew from biblical apocalyptic imagery, angry prophesy, gentle reasurrances, and archetypical character struggles. The potent combination of the biblically poetic, set within a literalist scriptural undersatanding and juxtaposed to a violent and inequitable social and economic system, collectively created the tensions that empowered the most memorably explosive music of American popular culture.

Southern visual and oral vernacular artists inspired musical renderings of biblical texts, which took their meanings far outside the confines of the readings sanctioned by the southern denominations. The tensions contained within the culture, expressed through music, helped to vault southern performers such as Cash and Rosetta Tharpe to stardom and created characters songs memorably voiced by creative artists such as Levon Helm. And sometimes, as in the case of Cash, those tensions and ambitions drove addictions that could destroy lives. At the same time the music also provided one means of the coming southern cultural and political revolution.

The list of southern performers with religious backgrounds or connections who fed the globalization of southern sounds could go on......The sounds of the South became a part of the soundtrack of the globe in ways few could have imagined in an earlier era, whn the region seemed to be a hopeless backwater. With regards to cultural production, no place could be seen as more important. In the twentieth century Southerners shaped the soundtrack of the Globe.