Sanitizing History, Which, Alas, Is Often Dirty

Abby Zimet

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

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