Wednesday, May 10, 2017

'The Leveling of Modernity'

As The Futurist Manifesto, produced in 1909 by D'Annunzio's admirer the poet Filippo Marinetti, proclaimed:
We want to glorify war--the world's only hygiene--militarism, patriotism, the destructive act of the anarchists, the beautiful ideas for which one dies,  and contempt for women. We want to destroy museums, libraries and academies of all kinds.
-Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A History of the Present (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017), p. 4.