Wednesday, February 05, 2014


The Old Adam

Guy Davenport (1927-2005), "Prehistoric Eyes," The Geography of the Imagination (San Francisco: North Point Press, 1981), pp. 61-67 (at 67):
[W]e are on the moon studying geology and cosmology while acting, as nations and as individuals, with a savagery and brutality that may not even have been known (certainly not possible) to primitive man. Man, it would seem, does not evolve; he accumulates. His fund of advantages over nature and over the savage within is rich indeed, but nothing of the old Adam has been lost; our savagery has perhaps increased in meanness and fury; it stands out ever more terribly against a modern background.

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