“Ours is indeed an age of extremity”…

For we live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters” Susan Sontag concluded in her 1965 essay “The Imagination of Disaster“.

Via this article by A.O. Scot re: how survival is the theme of the season, or at least of “Captain Phillips,” “All Is Lost” and “Gravity”.

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