Zanazanian 2 Nabokov once put it When we concentrate on a material object

Zanazanian 2 nabokov once put it when we concentrate

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Zanazanian2Nabokov once put it, “When we concentrate on a material object, whatever its situation, the very act of attention may lead to our involuntarily sinking into the history of that object.” Just by lingering in a house, you could say you end up sinking into its history.” (Dickey 19). This implies that stories of haunted houses and ghosts are not something entirely fabricated by humans, rather they are lost bits of history that have come back toour collective consciousness through the act of revisiting the past. They’re not quite pure fiction, but semi-fictional stories based on true events so to speak. Innumerable retellings create an innumerable number of incongruencies and it is here in the midst of those incongruencies that our paranormal events are birthed. Later in Chapter Eight, Dickey tells the story of Razzle Dazzle, a prostitute who was supposedly killed in the haunted Aztec Hotel. However, he cuts clearly through the hearsay proclaiming that her story “is about a no one, such a nobody that no one even knows her actual name. Herein lies the darker side to classic Hollywood: its promise lured so many starlets and other hopefuls to LA throughout the past century, but some found fame only in death.” (Dickey 137). The point that he is trying to make here is that these stories of the paranormal are not about celebrities or famous places, they are a commentary on America’s tumultuous past. A past in which 1 out of a great multitude reached fame, while the others perished and remained in the spotlight only as specters of a failed aspiration. It is true then, that these hauntings are not just about concocting
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