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'Postmortemism'

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Your issue covering off-the-beaten-track Western places of interest is very appealing to those of us who prefer reality travel over canned tourism (HCN, 6/25/12, "Touring the Postmodern West"). It seems more honest than the usual "family vacation" photo ops. I also found the descriptions of land art and industrial landscape art interesting.  While some of us would prefer to see landscapes untouched by humans, we also recognize the need for expression and interpretation of highly disturbed landscapes. However, I wonder if industrial or reclamation art might better be known as "postmortem" art instead of some form of postmodernism. "Postmortemism" seems more appropriate.

Keith Roe
Vestal, New York

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