ONE THIS DAY . . .
- . . . in 1469, Niccolò Machiavelli, statesman and political philosopher (The Prince), was born in Florence.
- . . . in 1912, May Sarton, an American poet, novelist and memoirist was born.
- . . . in 1937, Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
- . . . in 1953, at Harvard's Fogg Museum, Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood is given its first American public reading.
- . . . in 2003, New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THE 21ST CENTURY?
Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer, Douglas Coupland has, for several years been making a "consistent effort to try and isolate what is already different in the twenty-first century mind as opposed to the twentieth." For Coupland, that difference is best expressed in slogans which he has hand painted on lacquered apple plywood so they "have heightened immediacy."
“If you were to attach a stick to each of these slogans and carry them in the street, would they read as protest or would they read as complicit guilt? For example, twenty years from now, were I to look at a picture of someone holding up a slogan reading ‘being middle class was fun,’ would that read as heartbreaking prescience or as rational acceptance of a by-then sociological certainty?”
His highfalutin' questions, aside, Coupland does make a point with these things. All weekend, I've been coming up with my own 21-century slogans. I'll post them as comments. What would be some of your 21st-century slogans?
TODAY'S TRUTH . . .