RE: Books please...

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            <Intriguing for those into the Kevin Bacon game.>

            On holiday in Malta my wife met and bought a painting from Ed Galea,
    who's work has been bought by US Presidents and senior Soviets over the
    years. Along with the painting came a little postcard biography with a
    photo of the artist meeting George Bush senior when he was president. As I
    was quick to tell my wife, on the 6 degrees game, we both made a massive
    leap up the table of links to world leaders. I don't know if Galea met
    Gorbachev ever, only the Bush link has firm evidence.

            <Gary Taylor's _Cultural Selection_ (1996, Basic Books, New York)
    was pretty
    > interesting. Vincent might like this book because of it seems to relate
    > somewhat to media studies. The part about Marlowe versus Shakespeare (page
    > 73) and how circumstances (Gouldian contingency?) can play a role in how
    > importance is assessed gave me a new outlook. Taylor kept on talking about
    > collective memory, but not in a new agey sense. He really tears Richard
    > Nixon a new one towards the end. His curious repetition of the fact "Nixon
    > is dead" is almost an echo of Nietzsche. I think he tried to tie in the
    > case
    > of Nixon in our collective memory with what he develops in the rest of the
    > book.>
            Sounds interesting will look it up.


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