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[Easy Chair]

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The time is close at hand when the scattered members of the civilized communities will be as closely united, as far as instant telephonic communication is concerned, as the various members of the body are by the nervous system. —Scientific American, 1880 In the tumultuous year 1968, I was living in New York City in

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is a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. His Easy Chair essay will appear in every other issue of the magazine.

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