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Authors of dynastic sagas, he tells us, typically gather most of their facts from the periphery of the dynastic family, interviewing corps of friends, servants, and associates, tirelessly reading in family, business, and foundation archives, but rarely depending in any crucial way upon interviews with family members themselves; approaching them, indeed, in a manner that is "hedged and restrained," and learning little from them.
The dynastic family," writes Marcus, "is one of the very few settings, perhaps the only one, in American society where the cultural production of the person and that of the group are equally and powerfully matched, entwined, and simultaneously in competition.
ABC's upcoming drama, "Dirty Sexy Money" stars "Six Feet Under's" Peter Krause as a reluctant attorney called upon to rescue the Darlings -- a New York dynastic family -- from their worst impulses and tabloid-grabbing behavior.