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In American Silence , a supplement to his past learn Trickster within the Land of desires , Zeese Papanikolas investigates a couple of major American cultural artifacts and the lives in their makers. For Papanikolas, either the non-public disasters and public successes of Clarence King, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, and Hank Williams resonate with silences.

summary: In American Silence , a supplement to his earlier learn Trickster within the Land of goals , Zeese Papanikolas investigates a couple of major American cultural artifacts and the lives in their makers. For Papanikolas, either the non-public disasters and public successes of Clarence King, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, and Hank Williams resonate with silences

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It has furnished the world with many surprises already. ”5 So desire creates its own mountains. It maps its territories with names, names like those on the maps of the San Francisco and New York Mining and Commercial Company—Diamond Flat, Sapphire Hollow, Ruby Gulch, Discovery Point. So desire would create in the paradoxical mind of the scientist who had exploded the myth of the Diamond Field, his own myths—veins of gold and silver and riches of the imagination he could almost feel in his hands.

In Nevada, in 1867, O’Sullivan takes a photograph. A great crack opens the earth. Steam rises from it, obscuring the figure of the man who stands beside it. The man is a ghost. The man could have been Clarence King. T I=:>CC:G<:DADC< In the fall of 1873, King was thirty-one years old. For ten years he had climbed peaks and descended into canyons. His body was already showing the strains of mountain bivouacs and lightning storms and forced marches and kicks by balky pack mules.

O’Sullivan descends into the mines of the Comstock. He takes with magnesium flash the first photographs of men toiling under the earth; almost the first underground photographs. Men work wedged against the rock, their thin candles stuck in spikes in the crevices; work in unbearable heat, sweating, trapped. They stand by ore cars with blank, livid, dirt-streaked faces, about to descend into living tombs. A cave-in snaps heavy beams and pillars like twigs, tons of rock crush through the roof of a room, as if the roof were broken by a bomb.

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