foreword his issue is replete with upstarts and transgressors of varying kinds--characters who have crossed boundaries or altered things or who are trying to do so. The subject reminds me of the larger issue of change itself and the perennial fear of its messing up the future. In a postindustrial world, the pace of economic, cultural, and technological mutation sometimes seems threatening and hard to keep up with. We all have our favorite "I can't believe how fast x has happened"-- whether "x" is thought to be good or bad--the quickly spreading acceptance of different gender self-definitions, evolving attitudes toward drug use, Internet-connectedness via addictive smart phones, the use of artificial intelligence or robots, the speed at which a company can go from nowhere to among the largest in the world (or in the opposite direction), the amazing rise of billionaires, political shifts . . . one can go on with the list. Our sense of the rapidity and risk of change may be a bit exaggerated, especially regarding the fear that change is much more menacing now than it was in the past. Every decade of my lifetime has had what seemed at the time its "unbelievable"
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jan 5, 2016
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