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PRINT December 1987

INTO THIN AIR

LOST IN SPACE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN “Close to You” and “Long ago and oh so far away,” Karen Carpenter’s voice throbs with romantic duress in a trilling vocal package. Along with her brother, Richard, she constituted the Carpenters, whose excruciatingly clean-cut musical embroideries provided a score for the early ’70s. That time teetered on the cusp of political rebellion but still wanted out from the rowdy negativities of the preceding decade, and looked vehemently to a phantasm of values and histories that never existed—a phantasm that was, in part, choreographed by America’s first and last demi-holographic president, Richard Nixon.

That Karen Carpenter’s voice issued at a time that was also an era of renewal for various feminisms is a sad irony, which foregrounds the discrepancies that mark women’s struggle for both equity in the work place and some degree of control over their bodies. For

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