these are the timesdirty beloved



There is at least one gratifying juxtaposition:

But still, our understanding of the mechanisms of the world remains fuzzy around the edges. If we were told that our computer worked because there was an angel inside, some of us couldn’t disprove it. The cultures were undivided in Leonardo’s day, but now those of us who deal in metaphors don’t know how to make machines. If we wanted to move a mountain, we would have to rely on faith.
Hilary Mantel/LRB
The author Hilary Mantel is very well-respected around here.
Stones/Scorcese response any minute now.

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