Essay: The Man Who Wrecked the Car

Why have the adventures of John Z. De Lorean attracted so much notice? Recklessness? Yes, recklessness is always fascinating, especially when the reckless driver is notorious for being cocksure of himself. Desperation? Certainly. A fall from high place? That too. All the more gratifying when such a fall is self-generated and occurs to a hot-shot of American business who thinks he can get away with murder.

For symbolism enthusiasts there is also the array of stark American icons: sacks of dollars, sacks of dope, Los Angeles, rugged individualism, General Motors; the Mob, the FBI,...

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