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Of course Godzilla vs. Kong is the biggest movie of the year. Of course it’s provided a much-needed shot of adrenaline in a beleaguered theatrical industry on the verge collapse. Of course we should have seen it coming. And no, it’s not just because of timing with the vaccine rollout, or the marketing spend on the movie.

60 normal-ish years, and a full pandemic year ago, Susan Sontag wrote a brilliant essay on Cold War-era fantasy that began with: “Ours is indeed an age of extremity. For we live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly, opposed, destinies…

Dan Kagan

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