Cathedrals on Wheels

"During the early years of the Cold War, big American cars functioned like the Baroque cathedrals of the Counter Reformation. They were meant to seduce and convert people from Puritan morality and the austerity of social justice to the excesses of individual freedom and the market economy. They required an inordinate amount of gas and parking space, and they may not have been as easy to fix as the German Volkswagen Beetle (literally, the car of the people), but who cares about practical earthly matters when you can drive a big rocket-looking conveyor with space-age tail fins that launches you yo heaven?...
Published in Art Issues - September/ October 1998

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