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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)
> 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
> of Nixon in our collective memory with what he develops in the rest of the
Sounds interesting will look it up.
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