I loved the part about the switchgrass growing up from the floors and roofs of "modernist buildings...left deserted to return to nature." Greg Grandin hooked me right there.
Brilliant transition from 1950s and 1960s migration out of the city to 1989 migration. By the time 2008 rolls around, you can almost see the "constitution of the fields" becoming overgrown with Louise Glück's witchgrass.
Extraordinary writing. Clever how Grandin worked the Berlin wall in there. Oh, and the Clint Eastwood film putting "the iconic white auto worker to rest."
Wow. A moment of silence is in order. It may be the last time we see those outsized tailfins. Does that not epitomize the passing of a brief point in history? There it goes, emphasized by a flash of taillights, fading over a distant hill.
Jun 28 2009 - 9:43am