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The Death of Nihilism: A review of Noah Cicero's GIVE IT TO THE GRAND CANYON
Ah, the Grand Canyon. Purveyor of crushed dreams and desperation, overseer of Vegas excess and western stoicism, keeper of our nation’s hopes and secrets. The mysteries of what the Canyon is truly about are the same mysteries Americans involve themselves with at any given time. From retrospectively horrific westward expansion during the beginnings of America to the often-false stories of liberation and “going West” narratives that Twain famously inaugurated, the Canyon in literature has always slid between what we as Americans impute onto ourselves and what we as Americans impute onto the world. As such, writers nowadays have avoided