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"Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture."

Commentator Maureen Corrigan reviews The Real Thing, by Miles Orvell. Corrigan says the book is one of those works that attempts to explain just about everything in terms of one theory. Orwell's theory is that American culture has been driven by the tension between imitation and the desire for authenticity.

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Other segments from the episode on August 15, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 16, 1989: Interview with Timothy Ferris; Review of Fritz Kreisler's album "Fritz Kreisler, Early Recordings"; Interview with Ron Taylor; Review of Miles Orvell's…

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