The past can dictate the terms of a will, but the future dictates who it actually cares to remember. And so it is that Jonathan Holdeen—the man whose trusts were once said to threaten the U.S. economy with annihilation—does not have so much as a picnic table named after him.
Paul Collins teaches creative writing at Portland State University, appears on NPR as its “literary detective,” and is the author of The Murder of The Century, published in June by Crown Books. His last essay for Lapham’s Quarterly appeared in the Winter 2011 issue, Celebrity.
—Jean Baudrillard, 1987
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