Friday, August 31, 2007

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: A Convergence of Convergences: A Contest.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: A Convergence of Convergences: A Contest.

Kienholz's flag, at any rate, is much closer in size to that of the actual first flag raised atop the dread volcano, the one deemed not photogenic enough ...

which, in turn, had to be replaced, under heavy fire (there's even a photo of the one coming down and the other going up) ...

so as to occasion Joe Rosenthal's decidedly more resonant (if slightly posed) classic image.

(See Karal Ann Marling and John Wetenhall's bracingly revisionist 1991 take on the fate of both the photo and those who happened to be captured in it, Iwo Jima: Monuments, Memories, and the American Hero.)


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