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There is no greater way to reset your priorities than to listen to a Dave Hickey thread on art, culture, philosophy, politics, sociology and his unique personal reflections. What a tapestry. It's the original magic carpet ride.
From leaving Texas in the menacing shadows of his narcissistic parents— to shooting the pier in the permanent California sunshine on a board named Milton— Dave's memories evoke a palpable nostalgia like few others.
His essay on William Claxton looks at freedom from someone who actually experienced it, reflecting on cool and esthetics of the time, "If the cars of that era resembled the cars of this one-- I wouldn't be an art critic." Hickey grinds on "American cool" going all the way back to George Washington.
Joe Barrett, the narrator, is a campfire storyteller. I had so much fun listening to him, I'd be blindsided finding myself in tears. I didn't know the bombs were coming.
Smart, fun, enlightening, and entertaining. I can't recommend this highly enough.