The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century.
It will take a long time, and certainly the West will remain the dominant civilization well into the next century, but the decline is occurring.
It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.
Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century.
In the 21st century, we can’t create security by building walls.
How do we get democracy at the international level? That’s our problem. and it’s essentially the same problem people faced in the 18th Century when they tried to get democracy nationally. Now we need it internationally.
Dying in the sanitary environment of a hospital is a relatively new concept. In the late 19th century, dying at a hospital was reserved for people who had nothing and no one. Given the choice, a person wanted to die at home in their bed, surrounded by friends and family.
The hope of Internet anarchists was that repressive governments would have only two options: accept the Internet with its limitless possibilities of spreading information, or restrict Internet access to the ruling elite and turn your back on the 21st century, as North Korea has done.
A fellowship to Oxford acquainted me with the depths of English cooking. By the twenty-first century, London’s best restaurants are as good as Paris’s, but not in the 1950s.
The poem is the literary form of the 21st century. It’s able to connect young people in a deep way to language… it’s language as play.