February 12, 2012

Talismans

Literally minutes after posting my little bit about Patti Smith's "Camera Solo", I picked up the latest NYRB and read Luc Sante's "The Mother Courage of Rock". It's a good article (terrible title, though), an enjoyably evocative read, in which he describes the Camera Solo photos as basically not particularly distinguished in themselves but "talismans" of a culture and an era (wish I'd said that…).

And talismans are exactly what they are — but would I buy what amounts to a bunch of holy relics just because they're talismanic of a certain long-gone era? That seems a little sad to me… but then I guess I'm not quite the target demographic.

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