A historical materialist cannot do without the notion of a present which is not a transition, but in which time stands still and has come to a stop.
–Walter Benjamin, “On the Concept of History” XVI. (1940)
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold: Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…
W.B. Yeats, from “The Second Coming” (1920)
… Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they grip down and begin to awaken
William Carlos Williams
from “By the Road to the Contagious Hospital” (1923)