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1000 WORDS: HARRY DODGE AND STANYA KAHN

“ONCE UPON A TIME, or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise,” begins the Beatles’s 1968 animated extravaganza, Yellow Submarine. As the opening line’s turn on the cliché suggests, visions of other worlds—past, future, or parallel—have popped up repeatedly throughout history as the shadow expression of an era’s collective unconscious. But these fantasies don’t easily divide into categories of utopic or dystopic. From the radioactive monsters in cold war sci-fi novels to the Blue Meanies that invade Pepperland, the nightmare that threatens civilization is what generates the dream of saving it. People band together in order to survive. And, to grossly simplify, love—a newly grand, capacious kind of love—prevails.

Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn’s roughly twenty-five-minute video All Together Now (a name borrowed from the Yellow Submarine sound track) plays on the idea

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