Edited by Sarah Chinn and Rupal Oza
Our obsession with disaster; why we ruin everything as we struggle to fix it at the same time.
Publication Date: 12-13-2011
Volume 39, Numbers 3–4: Fall/Winter 2011
From lost kingdoms to modern-day disasters, from economic meltdowns to political unrest, from bad reputations to cinematic flops, the specter of ruin is omnipresent and never ending. Often, ruin evokes feelings of nostalgia for good times long gone. And then there is the sometimes unthinkable question: what is so bad about ruin, and why do we fear it so?