The Paris Review Daily talks to Seven American Deaths and Disasters author Kenneth Goldsmith about his book. Goldsmith transcribes the radio and television broadcasts of several national tragedies in this book, all of which he has lived through.
“You could say that we are defined by these tragedies—and more so by the spectacle emanating from them. But it’s curious to see who is moved differently when I do readings of this work. For younger people, the Kennedys are cold, distant historical figures while Michael Jackson grabs all the heat. And vice versa for the older people, who tend to write Jackson off as a joke. As a result, the book—although based on objective public events—is read and strained through one’s unique subjectivity.”
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Seven American Deaths and Disasters
by Kenneth Goldsmith