Containing Multitudes Since 2004
His death leaves a big black gaping hole in the public discourse. I'm really going to miss his regular appearances on Democracy Now.http://www.democracynow.org/tags/howard_zinn
My story is the same as so many you can read across the internet tonight: he taught me, way back in the late seventies and early eighties, to look at history differently than the textbooks. I was already a history fanatic at an early age anyway (part of my obsession with vintage photos) but he got me more deeply involved than I would have been I think. Certainly his views fed my fascination and horror at, and informed my views of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. That's why I say I owe him one. He got me past the blacks and whites of the textbooks and started me thinking about the shades of grey, and challenging the black and white views whenever I came across them, which I've done on Cinema Styles in my write-ups on nuclear testing and the 1945 nuclear bombings. A lot of that came from Howard.
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