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URBAN LEGENDS

Dara Birnbaum, Pop-Pop Video: General Hospital/Olympic Women Speed Skating, 1980, video, color, sound, 5 minutes 32 seconds.

Tales of the Floating Class: Writings, 1982–2017, by Norman M. Klein. Valencia, CA: Golden Spike Press, 2019. 303 pages.

IS IT POSSIBLE for critical theory to be anachronistic and prophetic at the same time? Norman M. Klein’s Tales of the Floating Class: Writings, 1982–2017, a compendium recently rereleased by tiny Los Angeles–based publisher Golden Spike Press, compels an affirmative answer, with the ongoing duel—the small initial 2018 printing quickly sold out—between cultural memory and its constant erasure acting as a perpetual catalyst. In other words, the future would be clear enough if we could only render our forgotten histories vividly in the present. In dusting off a quarter century of essays (“mostly unread”) and lectures, Klein stakes his claim on the term “floating class,” taken from the booster history of the American West—a term that anticipates another boom currently

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