jon hassell | diorama 1

diorama 1979–1980

di-o-ra-ma: A three-dimensional miniature scene with painted modelled figures and background




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Verbatim notes in red

15Dec80 Late in 1980, who'll notice that this was the point at which the word "perception" began being used by politicians. As I remember it was Alexander Haig, Secretary of State under Reagan, who I first noticed "re-purposing" this concept into geopolitical discussions. I often think about how words slide into the public vocabulary and how fuzzy that point of entry is and suddenly you hear it everywhere. And about how you have to have lived long enough to experience a cycle like that

before you can be aware of it. And about how, many millions of other things all had entry points before I came into the picture and which I'll never have time to know about.

23Dec80 Back home in Memphis for Christmas, receive FedEx package with congratulatory note from Walter DeMaria attached to copy of New York Times. This was my first look at the "Ten Best Records of 1980" list with Possible Musics cited.


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