The End of Romanticism

See if you catch the Vibe: a group of youths, whose vision of utopia and freedom is entirely libidinal, have their bubble burst in an encounter with outside political reality. Beautiful because Tam still obviously loves them, sad because he can empathize with their drift — he, too, was openly searching. There’s much obfuscation of his 80s work, through one-sided observation: the colors and the lyricism take precedence over his politics and genre critique. But both are Tam.

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