Greil Marcus

The Shape of Things to Come

Greil Marcus

Talk: The Shape of Things to Come

Greil Marcus discusses his book in "The Shape of Things to Come" as part of the Authors@Google series. He traces America's fable of self-invention, from its earliest Puritan beginnings to its successive retellings in the work of diverse contemporary artists. Marcus considers the birth of America as a New Jerusalem, a place of promises so vast they could only be betrayed. From that betrayal emerges the nation's prophetic voice, the voice that calls America's citizens to self-judgment.

Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus is an American author, music journalist and cultural critic. He is notable for producing scholarly and literary essays that place rock music in a broader framework of culture and politics than is customary in pop music journalism.

The Shape of Things to Come

In The Shape of Things to Come, the past and the present merge in the most extraordinary and surprising ways. Greil Marcus presents a stirring, and frightening, portrait of our country, our ideals, and ourselves.

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