October 09, 2002

A Hungarian New Yorker's Im...

A Hungarian New Yorker's Impression of Seeing Lewis Lapham Speak at Powell's Books in Portland:

[T]he whole thing felt like an early SZDSZ meeting.
That's for you, Henry and Nick and Emmanuelle. The operating difference, of course, being that Portland isn't the capital of anything, Bush is not a Communist leader, Oregon lefties aren't about to help overthrow a government ... and I'd wager that there are more titles at glorious Powell's Books than probably existed in all of late-1980s Hungary. On the similarities side, both groups have a yen for rolling back giant dam projects, experience with bums in the park by the river, tolerance for abysmal weather, and (probably) an unnatural fondness for the films of Hal Hartley.

Just right now, I tried to imagine what I would have thought, if I had read the above paragraph in the spring of 1989....

Posted by at October 9, 2002 11:14 PM
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Hey! We're the capital of, ... er, beer!

Posted by: Mark Friesen at October 10, 2002 06:36 PM

If you mean "micro-brew," I might have to give that to you. My cousin worked at one of those places back in the '80s....

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 10, 2002 06:48 PM
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