Another Look At Atlantis and Fifteen Other Essays by Willy Ley

By Willy Ley

Speculative essays on topics of technology and usual heritage.

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THE highbrow SITUATION

MFA vs. NYC
It’s time to dispose of this contrast among the MFAs and the non-MFAs, the unfree and the unfastened, the caged and the wild. when we do, maybe we will enterprise a brand new, much less normative contrast, established now not at the writer’s academic historical past yet at the process during which she earns (or aspires to earn) her residing: MFA or NYC.

Revolt of the Elites
On the single hand, schools, of their position as four-year ingesting golf equipment for wealthy boys, knit their alumni right into a WASP mafia pledged to socioeconomic self-preservation. targeted speech, activities, and clothing set them off from the final inhabitants, by no means expertise. yet as historians have famous, the WASPs have been winningly cavalier approximately their replica as an elite. this can be obviously what occurs whilst a ruling category is composed one half heavy drinkers and depressives, and the opposite 1/2 honest egalitarians: poof!

POLITICS

Marco Roth
Caucasian Nation
One starts off to think about race in Obama’s the US like intercourse in a few sketch of Freud’s Vienna: concurrently the most subject matter of all dialog, and the one who can’t be pointed out. rather than being “overcome,” ancient American racism opposed to nonwhite humans has long gone into deep disguise and, with the irrefutable illogic of the subconscious, emerged as a newfangled American antiracism for the safety of white people.

Nikil Saval
Golden State
Since not anyone understands which merchandise you go within the polling sales space, nobody can carry you—unlike an elected representative—accountable in your vote. Making savage cuts in public providers that intended your personal son or daughter couldn’t have the funds for collage, denying emergency care to immigrants, etc: Californians through the hundreds of thousands stroll round with those votes—acts of violence, really—secreted of their hearts.

FICTION

Sheila Heti
How should still anyone Be?
If you want to name your mom, pass and do it. The sunlight is shining, it’s part prior midday, the time for tears is now. Please inform her I stated hi and i imagine her daughter’s a silly cunt if she thinks she will move world wide along with her priss-ass excessive within the air like a queen on a throne without needing recognized the humiliation of being fucked by way of Israel.

Mathias Enard
Zone
After my years of warfare I’ve by no means been so unfastened, I personal not anything now, no longer even my genuine name—I have an appropriated passport lower than the identify of Yvan Deroy, born virtually on the related as me in Paris and locked up many years in the past now in an establishment for psychotics within the suburbs, he by no means had a passport and his medical professionals will be relatively shocked to grasp that he’s wandering round Italy today.

ESSAYS

Siddhartha Deb
Gatsby in New Delhi
“You are writing approximately Arindam Chaudhuri? ” He passed me his enterprise card, leaned towards me, chuckled and stated, “You needs to learn how he makes his cash. ”

Kristin Dombek
The Cultures of Life
For me, what hyperlinks veganism and antihomophobia and justice to abortion and what I discovered from my formative years, is if it appears like violence, it really is violence. the required technological situation for the pro-life circulate used to be the ultrasound desktop, and it used to be correct there at the monitor: even at twelve weeks, the fetus recoiled from the suction curette.

Daniel Albert
Electric Cars
But variety nervousness is set greater than range—it’s a philosophical and non secular factor. What with a view to bypass off to Vegas? Or extra to the purpose, what should you easily need to know which you can bypass off to Vegas at any second? perhaps you simply are looking to be the type of one who drives the type of vehicle which can bypass off to Vegas at any moment.

FOUR RESPONSES TO FREEDOM

Marco Roth
Freedom’s End
A present of pleasure surrounded the e-book, which used to be itself intriguing; considering I first entered the area of enhance copies, again in 2004, this was once the 1st novel to encourage such fervent ardour one of the expert reader classification during which I now need to count number myself.

Mark Greif
Liberalism as Niceness
For great Patty and great Walter, intercourse appears to be like the insoluble grit within the self and in love. huge swaths of the narrative are provided explicitly because the paintings of psychotherapy—from Patty Berglund’s healing autobiography—just as Freedom, i assume, is a piece of treatment on deep unarticulated crises of the United States, yet a therapy at odds with the “culture of therapy” that's simply presupposed to make you happy.

Benjamin Kunkel
A Dream
During my time in research, Dr. H and that i obviously talked much approximately my goals, which regularly I’m at a loss to keep in mind. I’ve by no means remembered my desires larger than while I’ve had anyone to inform them to—maybe there’s a lesson in there approximately fiction. besides one evening, which I position in mid-2007, I had a dream approximately Jonathan Franzen.

Keith Gessen
Nine Years Later
Franzen recuperates excrement for liberal humanism and old-style characterization. Shit doesn't display personality; it creates it.

REVIEWS

Richard Beck
All within the Family
Even slower readers are not going to want eighty-six hours to get via Anna Karenina or Ulysses, yet that's how a lot time Tony Soprano spent explaining himself to hundreds of thousands of individuals. Tony’s funniest line within the pilot is, “It’s very unlikely for me to speak to a psychiatrist. ” He loves speaking to a psychiatrist! The convey fanned out finally, yet James Gandolfini’s gravitational pull was once what made The Sopranos coherent.

Elizabeth Gumport
Fictional Capital
The approval for household fiction—which imagines the home to be the location of our optimum human drama—and the personal loan situation are signs of an identical factor: the yank overvaluation of the house as a token of private good fortune. Such books perpetuate our religion in our homes’ symbolic worthy, at the same time their monetary worthy plummets.

Bruce Robbins
Multitude, Are You There?
Hardt and Negri truly use as a bit head the sentence “May the strength Be with You. ” The part is set armed fight, so that you can see the heading as an try out at wit. yet on a deeper point, “May the strength Be with You” looked as if it would say greater than it desired to approximately what kind of dedication Hardt and Negri’s enthusiasts had and the way some distance the authors have been prepared to head in encouraging these fanatics to confuse politics with technological know-how fiction.

Central Park: An Anthology

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Of all the known sunken treasure ships the famous La Lutine rests at the shallowest depth. And a wall around the wreck would keep the water quiet. Maybe there are some people sitting around right now in Amsterdam or in London thinking about salvage. intriguing a few feet above high-tide level, Even if there aren't, salvage the treasure of it is still possible that the La Lutine Dutch will as a by-product of another Another Look 26 at Atlantis The string of islands along the Dutch coast, collectively known as the West Frisian Islands, indicates, as has been said, the original coastline.

But then, cocking lever tliat gave support while shooting. once the crossbow was cocked, the lever (which could also be detached completely) was folded down over the front end to provide a support. With a 30-inch lever the support too short for shooting while standing, but length for shooting from Since crossbows of the a it had was just the right kneeling position. more powerful types had ranges up to 350 yards, especially when shot by the defenders of a castle or a walled city who had the advantage of an elevation of thirty feet or more over the attackers, the siege engines that were the descendants of the euthytonon and palintonon had to have a slightly longer range, say 400 yards or better.

Several hours later the storm-blown ship reached the string of islands to the north of Holland— presumably its original coastline— and ran aground near the island of Terschelling. La Lutine large capsized immediately and sank. Only two of its crew survived. The merchants of Hamburg must have managed somehow The merchants and bankers to survive their financial crisis. of London quietly approached Lloyd's of insured vessel and cargo, and collected. sailors London, which had the two surviving And spread the tale of the gold.

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