Sanitizing History, Which, Alas, Is Often Dirty
First, an Alabama publishing house announced it was coming out with a new edition
of Huck Finn that replaces its 219 "n-word" references with "slave" -
an act, says one critic, that "creates a silence around what was." Now
cigarettes are magically disappearing from once- iconic images. If we pretend it didn't happen, will it go away? Hint: Probably not.
Jackson Pollack, with his once-ever-present cigarette and without