Tell Me A New Story

Once upon a time, it seemed that nearly all stories began at the beginning (or even "In the beginning..."). They ended at The End. Then came the 20th century. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan stepped down the opening sentence of Ulysses, Gregor Samsa woke up a cockroach, and nothing was the same anymore. The dream logic of surrealism, the theater of the absurd, the shock edits of the French New Wave all followed. Soon you could have an ape-man throw a bone in the air and--blink--it's an orbiting spaceship.

That was in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now it is 2001. The changes...

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