It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
May 20, 2011
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And how do you feel? Just in case the media hasn’t made enough of Saturday’s scheduled apocalypse (which just happens to coincide with graduation ceremonies here at Kenyon College, and really, how bad would that suck? Talk about graduating into a bad economy!), HuffPost is running a feature today entitled Books We Will (And Won’t) Be Reading If The World Really IS Ending Tomorrow. Some are perfect ??? Goodnight Moon, Dorothy Parker’s Complete Stories ??? while others fall a bit flat. (One day left and you’re really going to spend it dissing Snookie?) But it does raise the question, what would be on your last day reading list? Do you push on through that last hundred pages of The Pale King, or do you reach for The Bhagavad G??t??? (There’s a choice that seems a real chance to define your worldview.)

If this really were our last day at the beach, I might suggest Kevin Brockmeier’s The Brief History of the Dead, Wallace Stevens’ The Palm at the End of the Mind, or any collection of Emily Dickinson poems, but what could be more perfectly titled than Final Harvest?

Any other good suggestions? Sadly, this is a limited opportunity. Either all our books come due tomorrow, or the story goes on, still lacking that snappy, ironic ending.

2 thoughts on “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

  1. Can I offer this sneak preview? I’d read “End Fetish: An Index of Last Lines”, a new poem by Alice Fulton coming out in the Summer 11 issue of KR (out in two weeks!). It’s a poem composed entirely of last lines from Fulton’s prior poems. It starts this way:

    “& the resting of sinews.
    a buckle, a sash.
    and the whole horizon goes.
    as if to beckon.”

    Maybe appropriate? But hard to wait two weeks after the rapture….

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