Monday, October 29, 2012

Suburbs of Our Discontent

Caroline lost power this morning. Sure, you could read this as a straight-up consequence of Sandy. And yes, many people in the Boston area lost power. However, more perceptive folks might read Caroline's predicament more ominously. Note Ross's comments in Macbeth after Macbeth murders the king.

"By the clock, 'tis day,
And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp:
Is't night's predominance, or the day's shame,
That darkness does the face of earth entomb,
 When living light should kiss it?"

 --Macbeth 2.4.7-11

Sometimes when your power goes out, it feels like a cosmic statement about all the screwed up stuff in the world. Caroline, are you thinking deeply about all this? Or are you just trying not to fall down the stairs?

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