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Idea of the Week

December 20, 2009

“There came a time (Early Modern) when, apparently, life lost the ability to arrange itself. It had to be arranged. Intellectuals took this as their job. From, say, Machiavelli’s time to our own this arranging has been the one great gorgeous tantalizing misleading disastrous project.”

– Saul Bellow, Humboldt’s Gift

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