Reading Amitava on 19 Dec 2009 10:44 pm
Writer Hari Kunzru wishes you a happy new decade and has this note to go with the above:
As we head towards the new year and every media outlet on the planet compiles lists of definitive this and that, I found this 2004 piece on my hard drive, which seems to do a reasonable decade-summarising job. It was a column for Arena magazine. I’m not sure they printed it, though I remember they took my picture on the concourse at Waterloo station. The War on Terror has defined the last ten years. This piece, with its mordant tone, reminds me of how angry I was back then, when we were unsure how far it would escalate. Now we’ve just grown accustomed to our state of perpetual warfare. It’s the air we breathe, and it’s corrosive. Here’s to a better next decade.