The Shoppers RevolutionChristine Scanlon
From the beginning the great consumer has been the workhorse of our culture where there have always been things to buy like nails and metal axes, linen, matched china sets, feather fans with real peacock, silver spoons and textiles threaded with real gold. My things end up in museum collections behind glass partitions in small New England towns, in probate inventories, and in archives of colonial newspapers. But in all this dust you will never understand how the shops and stores were the site of my roaming imagination. It is no good trying to interpret me now. I can't listen. Any doubts could only unravel your delicate balance of credit a shelter of sorts. I only say what is important: the movement towards. Always something that is calling to buy. What else rolls on but progress through purchase? Trust in the forward movement it is what sustains the revolution.
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