Tuesday, February 1, 2000

Q&A Sadie Plant: "Short-Cuts to Paradise"

First appeared in the Boston Book Review.
(Date approximate).
English writer Sadie Plant is author of "The Most Radical Gesture: The Situationist International in a Postmodern Age," and "Zeros + Ones: Digital Women + the New Technoculture." Her new book, "Writing on Drugs," focuses on the way drugs have been portrayed in western culture.

[Walter] Benjamin was one of several German intellectuals who experimented with mescaline, opium and hashish in the years between the wars, and his early participation in what became known as critical theory found him chasing a secular version of the intoxication of religious ecstasy, "a profane illumination," as he wrote in his essay on surrealism . . . Benjamin imagined revolution as a moment of shared intoxication, a modern expression of a wild and ancient energy, running through the proletariat.
   "Writing on Drugs"

Q&A Theodore Roszak: The Inner Elder

Originally appeared in the Boston Book Review
(1999: Date Approximate)


Theodore Roszak is author of "The Making of the Counter-culture," a study of baby boomers in the sixties. His new book, "America the Wise: the Longevity Revolution and the True Wealth of Nations" (1998), discusses the implications, for themselves and for society as a whole, of the baby boom generation nearing old age.

   We are the first generation of the senior dominance. The beneficiaries of a revolution in life-extending medicine and public health, we enter the second half of our lives possessed of more political influence, greater wealth, and more vitality than any older generation before us. The values we choose to live by cannot help but be a commanding influence in shaping the century to come.
   Think of those years as a resource -- a cultural and spiritual resource reclaimed from death in the same way the Dutch reclaim fertile land from the waste of the sea.
   But how shall those years be spent?
   "America the Wise: the Longevity Revolution and the True Wealth of Nations", 1998

HB: How old are you?

TR: I'm 65.