"The end of history will be a very sad time," the political theorist Francis Fukuyama wrote in 1989, anticipating, after a fashion, Moby's world. Mr. Fukuyama imagined a future defined by "economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands." The appeal of Moby was that he would give us a way to enjoy this future; he would satisfy our "sophisticated consumer demands" through superior engineering.Does this man need a soothing herbal tea and vegan pate to soothe his nerves? Or is this just Sanneh's longwinded way of saying that the new album sucks?
Also in the Times, Charles "Chip" McGrath interviews Ian McEwan. He says the worst part of being a literary celeb is having to answer dumb questions about favorite vegetables. (Chip, I told you not to ask him him the veggie question!)