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From "Telstar" to "Vault of Horror", from Rattigan to Kerouac, from the Village of Bray to the Village of Midwich, help PZ link old ancient news and pop culture. I think I can see him, "Crawling from the Wreckage". Will he find his way?
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Most Recent Episode
Episode 228 – Eternal Return
I keep trying to make sense of the divisions we are almost all feeling currently.How can one get “under” them, i.e., in hopes of lessening them a little? Does anyone who is reading this enjoy feeling estranged from others, especially old friends, for example, because of political opinions? Very few, I’ll bet. But it’s happening.
Then the insight came:
Remember what it was like 47 years ago.
Remember what it was like in the Spring of ’70.
Everybody, and I mean, everybody, was up in arms!
If you were a college student then, your campus was probably shut down.
You couldn’t get to class, you couldn’t get to the library, you
couldn’t finish your work and get your transcript, you couldn’t
basically do anything.
No kidding. It was a wild ride.
Many people believed it was the end of the world.
God help you if you were on the wrong side, or if you wanted to put
your head in the sand. You were not allowed.
What I am saying is that looking back on it now, after 47 years, the whole apocalyptic scenario which possessed our youthful world
proved…forgettable and unimportant.
What?! How can I say that? How can I aver the Vietnam war was
forgettable and unimportant? How I can say that Richard Nixon or LBJ
or Kent State was forgettable and unimportant?
I’ll tell you why:
Because other things — like girls or getting a date or making the
all-important 4.0 — were actually the Front Story of our lives. In