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“A Collective Sadness” Forty Years Later

It is difficult to consider where one would start when describing the previous week. Events in places as diverse as Ferguson, Missouri and Mount Sinjar, Iraq have gripped the attention of people all around the world, and it appears that the crises in both regions have no discernible end in sight. Meanwhile, the deaths of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall have left gaping holes in the very soul of America’s entertainment industry. The sudden and shocking death of Williams, of course, left everyone in shock, but both figures represented the heights of 20th century American cultural history. Meanwhile, with multiple Read more