(Fwd) The Prescience of E. B. White

Gorojovsky Gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar
Mon Sep 17 17:00:51 MDT 2001


Just a single comment: was the American establishment so blind that this 
warning, issued as far back as 1948, was not taken into account, or forgotten? 
Can the inner logic of capitalism be so strong that the only superpower can 
forget these almost obvious lessons from the past?
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Subject:        	The Prescience of E. B. White
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Someone sent this to me:

A friend recently gave me a copy of the The Essays of E.B. White which
contains a remarkable piece entitled "Here is New York" written in 1948 when 
White was a young man.  The 20 page essay, a masterpiece of the literary form, 
contains a few extraordinary paragraphs which foreshadowed last week's terrible 
events, though White was likely contemplating nuclear attacks.

"The subtlest change in New York is something people don't speak much
about but that is in everyone's mind.  The city, for the first time in its long
history, is destructible.  A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of
geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the 
bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal chambers, cremate the 
millions. The intimation of mortality is part of New York now:  in the sound of 
jets overhead, the black headlines of the latest edition.  All dwellers in 
cities must live with the stubborn fact of annihilation; in New York the fact 
is somewhat more concentrated because of the concentration of the city itself, 
and because, of all targets, New York has a certain clear priority.  In the 
mind of whatever preverted dreamer who might loose the lightning, New York must 
hold a steady, irresistible charm."  E.B. White, 1948


Andy Beveridge
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Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar
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