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Gary Indiana

WE ARE TALKING WITH GARY INDIANA.

GI: I think that the replication of things from the past has a lot to do with everything we’re going through—I picture it just as a lot of stunned survivors coming out of an airplane crash and holding up pictures as if to say, This is where I’m coming from, or This is what I saw before. It’s like grown-up kids kind of signaling their childhood to each other: This is what I saw when I was growing up, and this is what I have in my head that I saw in a magazine or I saw in a museum or. . . .

IS: One of the things we’ve been talking about is how long a life many more people can expect to live today, with the general life expectancy being so high. But then I read the obituaries last night in Life magazine, and one other place, Time. It’s incredible because people are something like 94, 89, 87, 92, and then 35, 37—there’s this jump, have you noticed it? Every time

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