End Times

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

From films like "2012" to the Left Behind book series, thoughts about the so-called End Times are everywhere. But why are we so excited to see our own demise? We'll explore this theme—and what real social, political, economic, or psychological problems our fascination with The End might indicate—with Professor Lee Clarke, author of Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination and with Professor Max Page, author of The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction.


Lee Clarke, and Max Page,

Comments [2]

Ed Helmrich

The emphasis on the end of the world tells us that we're doing something wrong, something that brings on disaster, which we sense at some level. We stopped at 9/11 because we felt we had paid what we owed. But then we didn't change our behavior, so the need for disaster grew again.

Dec. 29 2009 08:16 PM
Melissa Craig from Washington, DC


If Ms. Walker is still around the studio, please ask her if she would be so good as to change the "bumper" for the internet ratio connecction.

We have had the "Shop Termiinal C" bumper for six months now. Certainly there is another commercial venture that WNYC can plug for a while. At a minimum, how about rotating them?

But this one, "Shop Terminal C," is done.


Melissa Craig
Washington, DC
paid-up subscriber

Dec. 29 2009 01:11 PM

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