Greil Marcus

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The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
In this conversation about how America disappoints its prophets and betrays its promises, it's surprising to hear that Greil Marcus continues to maintain faith in the American dream and America's future. Whether the subject is "Twin Peak's" reflection of the Salem witch trials or the band Pere Ubu's rattle-trap prophecies, Marcus' vision is idealistic, even optimistic.