I read somewhere that the threat of apocalypse has killed metaphor. (The flag-burning brat Irony still makes the late-night talk-show rounds, though.) News-channel staple and scourge of dreams, Armageddon is tangible and terribly possible. But the motives behind it remain foreign and remote, largely out of sheer unfeasibility—Christopher Hitchens's anti-rationalization doctrine is as much an emotional imperative as a moral one. Two recent, metaphor-wielding productions likewise struggle to unpack a narrative choked with meaningless suffering, but in both, the end of the world takes form as a rending and disintegration of family ties. The force of evil runs in the blood; it's contagious,... More >>>