An American Epiphany in Nashville

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226314655
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226314679 | DOI:
An American Epiphany in Nashville

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This chapter describes the author's epiphany in Nashville. While walking along the side of The Parthenon, he notices an older black man sitting on its steps, his eyes rolling in his head, his face the picture of lost distraction, his body rocking to and fro. On his lap was a huge radio, blasting out the Beethoven Violin Concerto. In bright daylight in good ole Nashville, the author was flooded with feelings of microcosmos, with the feeling that, for one serendipitous moment only, all of contemporary civilization was being presented to him as an image. The experience was suggesting that the doors of The Parthenon had momentarily opened, making him active spectator to this spectacle that nobody else apparently saw. He had come to Nashville as an interpreter of meaning, never suspecting that the gates of the wide-eyed wonder world would be flung open in such a way, with no questions asked.

Keywords: Nashville; The Parthenon; microcosmos

Chapter.  4218 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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