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Rappers are writers and I've never heard the writer's job better expressed than here:

And he won't stop until he got the masses,
And show them what they know not, through flows of hot molasses.

That's how I think of Doctorow's mission in Ragtime -- "to show them what they know not, through flows of hot molasses."

Put differently, I've really been killing DOOM's "All Caps" the past couple of weeks. I love the Bronze Age comics animation in this video. Man I miss those books.


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