26 Sep '11, 7pm

Perhaps we have reached peak apocalypse?

Although for us the End has perhaps lost its naive imminence, its shadow still lies on the crises of our fictions. When you read, as you must almost every passing day, that ours is the great age of crisis–technological, military, cultural–you may well simply nod and proceed calmly to your business; for this assertion, upon which a multitude of important books is founded, is nowadays no more surprising than the opinion that the earth is round. –Frank Kermode, The Sense of an Ending The trouble with apocalypse is that most people have already seen it at the movie theater, watched it on television, read it in a book, or heard all about it from the pulpit. So inundated with the language of crisis are we that we have become immune to it. From the perspective of the historian our age has been chock full of “great transformations.” And, it is, after all, the historian’s business ...

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