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Thu Jul 31, 2014, 12:19 AM

1. Hello? 'fights that had happened regularly over the past year'? What's going on in Bryan?

It seemed boring when I visited family living there years ago.*

Why would a mob beat them, and at a McDonald's, no less?

Are violent mobs now the norm there?

I can't find online the original event, just the news about the lawsuit. I don't know what this was really about.

*"You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to a young man's dreams of glory and of fame ... back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time back home to the escapes of Time and Memory."

~ Thomas Wolfe in You Can't Go Home Again:

The novel tells the story of George Webber, a fledgling author, who writes a book that makes frequent references to his home town of Libya Hill. The book is a national success but the residents of the town, unhappy with what they view as Webber's distorted depiction of them, send the author menacing letters and death threats.[2][3]

Wolfe, as in many of his other novels, explores the changing American society of the 1920s/30s, including the stock market crash, the illusion of prosperity, and the unfair passing of time which prevents Webber ever being able to return "home again".

In parallel to Wolfe's relationship with America, the novel details his disillusionment with Germany during the rise of Nazism.[4][5]

Wolfe scholar Jon Dawson argues that the two themes are connected most firmly by Wolfe's critique of capitalism and comparison between the rise of capitalist enterprise in the United States in the 1920s and the rise of Fascism in Germany during the same period.[6]


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