In Praise of Shadows

The magical must liberate reason
from its anxieties of universalism;
the part can only be the whole,
if the whole is mysterious.

"...we are overcome with the feeling that in this small corner of the atmosphere there reigns complete and utter silence; that here in the darkness immutable tranquility holds sway... Have you never felt a sort of fear in the face of the ageless, a fear that in that room you might lose all consciousness of the passage of time, that untold years might pass and upon emerging you should find you had grown old and gray?"

Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows.

Shiv Visvanathan, A Letter to the 21st Century - This is mostly interesting because it is pre-911, and one decade later, perhaps slightly banal, even though the plea goes unanswered and the problems remain.