Friday, September 22, 2017

Prophetic fiction …

Before we go further, it’s worth noting how fully this novel, which is set mostly in the two decades after World War II, anticipates the daily purge that is the internet, its mille-feuille layers of outrage and heartbreak.
In it, Elkin (1930-1995) considers how the telephone can make “every home in America its own potential broadcasting station, and every American his own potential star.” Everyone is his own cognitive hacker, his own potential phone phreak.

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