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Technology As Nostálgia, and: Incandescence, and: Independence Day

Technology As Nostálgia, and: Incandescence, and: Independence Day TECHNOLOGY AS NOSTALGIA / In Ueu of passion, pity. Ask it. TiU death do us, she said, part. In lieu of passion, pity. The young need ideas, Uve off them. Like church, like long hours and acts of attention or contrition, staring at statues untU something moves; miracles of music, too. The boy was overrun by uncles, overwhelmed by the idea of his own chUdhood: he loved the flame turning in the hand of his uncle cold and hard: he watched him tune an acetylene torch down to a needle of blue-white to cut or connect. The most amazing act of faith in the future, which failed: he watched his uncles load the cow In Ueu of pity there was always work. into the traUer, twist her tail to encourage her up the ramp untU he heard the snap of bone--only the small bones of the tail. And then he watched her sudden slump into meat, the amazing accuracy of death In that hammer, and the subtle courage of the butchers, the blood only accidental, a meticulous detaU. The cow as full of the future as she had ever been: Everyone makes a life. He had his, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Technology As Nostálgia, and: Incandescence, and: Independence Day

The Missouri Review , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 5, 1990

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TECHNOLOGY AS NOSTALGIA / In Ueu of passion, pity. Ask it. TiU death do us, she said, part. In lieu of passion, pity. The young need ideas, Uve off them. Like church, like long hours and acts of attention or contrition, staring at statues untU something moves; miracles of music, too. The boy was overrun by uncles, overwhelmed by the idea of his own chUdhood: he loved the flame turning in the hand of his uncle cold and hard: he watched him tune an acetylene torch down to a needle of blue-white to cut or connect. The most amazing act of faith in the future, which failed: he watched his uncles load the cow In Ueu of pity there was always work. into the traUer, twist her tail to encourage her up the ramp untU he heard the snap of bone--only the small bones of the tail. And then he watched her sudden slump into meat, the amazing accuracy of death In that hammer, and the subtle courage of the butchers, the blood only accidental, a meticulous detaU. The cow as full of the future as she had ever been: Everyone makes a life. He had his, the

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1990

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