Literally Everything is back with a two-part discussion of iconoclasm: the destruction of statues. The topic is in the news today, with monuments around the country and indeed the globe coming down, either toppled by protestors or removed quietly by local governments. But this phenomenon has deep roots in our history, which is what we discuss in part 1. We look at Jewish and Christian attitudes towards icons, the relationship between images and texts, and try to excavate the mysterious significance that public monuments hold, both for iconoclastic revolutionaries and the defenders of "preserving history."
Music by George Floyd