the first I look at is a modern casket or jewel case
that emits a live printout of personal contact ads
man seeking woman
woman seeking man
man seeking man
woman seeking woman
a cuckoo clock that gives the latest news
a walking stick that shows the weather report
and others I don't remember as I write this a few days later
this is something I did not expect in my 50 years acquaintance with the presence of computing and the expectation of a magic that is both rational and new
Is this concealment in the old a new subtlety or is it loss of nerve?
Perhaps it is both - the integration of new-and-old in the postmodern - the surprising way in which a new stage of historical reality can contradict what preceded it... ?
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