By Zeese Papanikolas MA BA
In American Silence , a supplement to his earlier research Trickster within the Land of goals , Zeese Papanikolas investigates a few major American cultural artifacts and the lives in their makers. For Papanikolas, either the non-public mess ups and public successes of Clarence King, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, and Hank Williams resonate with silences.
summary: In American Silence , a supplement to his past learn Trickster within the Land of goals , Zeese Papanikolas investigates a few major American cultural artifacts and the lives in their makers. For Papanikolas, either the non-public mess ups and public successes of Clarence King, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, and Hank Williams resonate with silences
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King had brought them all big woolen mufﬂers. It was bitter cold. 3 The wind blew a gale over the elevated plains. To keep others off the scent, King had chosen a roundabout route. He pushed into Browns Park, where his party forded the Green, taking four days to make a journey that, started from the other side, would have taken one. King’s reputation, the reputation of the survey he had headed, were at stake. Someone else had come to this godforsaken tract of mother earth and exposed the secret wealth hidden in the barren canyons.
Off-road vehicles have not scarred this mountain’s side hills, miners have not pocked its crevasses, oil and gas companies have not drilled exploration holes into its strata, fossil hunters have not hammered sauropods out of its ledges, archaeologist have not discovered ﬂints or remains of ancient cooking pits in its ﬂanks. Rock-hounds haven’t carried away its pebbles in their pockets. No one has bumped into it on a dark night. indd 25 T 1/16/2007 3:29:26 PM 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 This mountain has slipped through the nets of the government planners, the geologists, the writers of Environmental Impact Statements.
But Clarence King became the King of Diamonds. He had trumped them all. The Diamond Mountain existed somewhere in the imagination of 1872 because it had to be there. “America is a very large country,” the nebulous Asbury Harpending claims Baron Rothschild had told him in London. “It has furnished the world with many surprises already. ”5 So desire creates its own mountains. It maps its territories with names, names like those on the maps of the San Francisco and New York Mining and Commercial Company—Diamond Flat, Sapphire Hollow, Ruby Gulch, Discovery Point.