Dusty Pretzels A Relic Of Romania's 'Folk Capitalism'
By: Andrei Codrescu //
September 5, 2012
Commentator Andrei Codrescu found a reminder of the so-called Romanian revolution of 1989 in his study. It was a box of chocolates wrapped in the miniature covers of one of his poetry books, and a bag of petrified pretzels. He brought them back from Romania in the 80s and meant to give them to friends as proof of the country's newly-born capitalism. Unfortunately, mice ate the goods and, metaphorically, time ate the revolution.
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