Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an by Jeanne Marie Laskas

By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Ft underground, Jeanne Marie Laskas requested a coal miner named Smitty, “Do you think that it’s bizarre that individuals comprehend so little approximately you?” He spoke back, “I don’t imagine humans recognize an excessive amount of in regards to the approach the full rattling state works.”

Hidden the USA intends to mend that. Like John McPhee and Susan Orlean, Laskas dives deep into her matters and emerges with character-driven narratives which are gripping, humorous, and revelatory. In Hidden the United States, the tales are concerning the those who make our lives run each day—and but we slightly examine them.

Laskas spent weeks in an Ohio coal mine and on an Alaskan oil rig; in a Maine migrant exertions camp, a Texas red meat ranch, the air site visitors keep an eye on tower at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a California landfill, an Arizona gun store, the cab of a long-haul truck in Iowa, and the stadium of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders. Cheerleaders? convinced. They, too, are hidden the United States, and you'll be surprised by way of what Laskas tells you approximately them: hidden not.

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28 Autobiographical Consciousness Wittgenstein asks if we cannot imagine that the people around us are automata, that they lack consciousness, and that, for example, the liveliness of a group of children is the result only of automatism (§420). He predicts that we will, in one reaction to this suggestion, find the words, the sentences, expressing this ‘automata view’ of persons becoming quite meaningless when they are, as it were, held up against the reality of the persons. Or as a second reaction to the suggestion, we might momentarily provoke an uncanny feeling in ourselves.

In accordance with the picture, the genuine understanding of another person’s thinking, another person’s thought, would be a metaphysical impossibility; in accordance with a far less neat reality, such understandings, sometimes characterized as genuine in contexts where that word marks an ¹⁸ The reality of those autobiographical processes is far closer, in fact, to what pragmatism might suggest. Very briefly, we would find an individual or group of individuals working within a problem-field of self-or-other understanding—or working within particularized contexts within which the criteria relevant to the determination of the particular issue will emerge as relevant in highly context-sensitive ways that no generalized theory of autobiographical writing or person-interpretation could possibly accommodate.

G. H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman. ’ This idea, of course, co-conspires with those guilty conceptions and pictures, and in giving us a dualistic conceptual model for the content of experience, at the same time gives us a conceptual model for the content of autobiography. At this stage of his reflections the answer to his question is clear, and he wastes no time in answering it. ’ That private object²³ would be the inner object upon which the private diarist introspects,²⁴ and (for our present concerns) it would be the inner representation of world-constituting Schopenhauerian significance, knowable only to the autobiographer, and upon which that self-describing, self’s-world-defining author introspects in order to capture the inner content for which the autobiographical writing serves as external descriptive-narrative counterpart.

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