Ferron’s “Shadows on a Dime” – interview

Halberstam – What’s That Smell?:

“Ferron’s songs have always been about time passing, about her place in time, her sense of her career in music as ‘moving forward by holding back.” I want to end with a closer look at one of her most famous songs, ‘Shadows on a Dime,’ to track the performances and performers who lie somewhere in between the ‘then’ of historical time and the ‘now’ of performance, the temporal drag and lag that allows some pieces of history to simply fall away and remain lost to narrative. Ferron represents what can be lost even for white lesbians in the relentless urge to universalize white lesbian culture and represent it as historically continuous” (183).

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