Once the city's main water source, the Los Angeles River is now a concrete channel fed by storm drains. City residents rely on water piped in from hundreds of miles away. (© Edward Burtynsky, National Geographic) #
Technology is our fate, our truth. It is what we mean when we call ourselves the only superpower on the planet. The materials and methods we devise make it possible for us to claim the future. We don't have to depend on God or the prophets or other astonishments. We are the astonishment. The miracle is what we ourselves produces, the systems and networks that change the way we live and think.
- Don DeLillo
A boy swims in the murky waters of Manila Bay March 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo) +
At this point, realism is perhaps the least adequate means of understanding and portraying the incredible realities of our existence. The fantastic, whether he uses the ancient archetypes of myth and legend or the younger ones of science and technology, may be talking as seriously as any sociologist -and a good deal more directly- about human life as it is lived, and as it might be lived, and as it ought to be lived.
- Ursula K. Le Guin
Penitents perform the "dance of the dead" during an Easter Holy Week procession in Verges, northeastern Spain, in early hours of Friday, April 2, 2010. (AP Photo/David Ramos) #