"In the future," the Polish avant-garde playwright Witkiewicz once wrote, "everyone will live in contentment on the wonderfully run anthill." Give him points for prophecy: His vision's awfully close to the life we lead these days, if you leave out the contentment. Pawns as we are to market forces, trends, the movement of huge political blocs and vast media powers, it's hard for us to lay claim to dramas beyond those going on in our little, scuttling lives. This situation can change: The uproar in Seattle has altered the World Trade Organization, hopefully for the better, and we can also hope that the outcry over Patrick Dorismond's death has altered the world's view of Rudy G., that guy who bulldozes gardens and rips open sealed... More >>>
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Peter Jacobson and Pamela Payton-Wright in What You Get and What You Expect: They handle these things better in France.