Postmodernism is, almost by definition, a transitional cusp of social, cultural, economic and ideological history when modernism's high-minded principles and preoccupations have ceased to function, but before they have been replaced with a totally new system of values. It represents a moment of suspension before the batteries are recharged for the new millennium, an acknowledgment that preceding the future is a strange and hybrid interregnum that might be called the last gasp of the past.
We need cancer because, by the very fact of its insurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer.
The earth is mankind's ultimate haven, our blessed terra firma.
When it trembles and gives way beneath our feet, it's as though one of God's checks has bounced.