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Oh No! We’re Approaching “The End of…” Era

Mammals are the dominant creatures of Cenozoic.

Are we headed into the TheEndOf-Zoic era?

I’m still loving my Kindle

Last night I was reading a fantastic book: Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.  (Hopefully my blog posts and columns will be more enjoyable for you to read as a result.)  A good friend of mine had recommended that I read Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World.  So I went browsing through the Kindle bookstore from my Kindle (regretfully this feature has caused me to slide into instant gratification mode—something I have spent a fair amount of time and energy getting out of), and came upon a number of books whose titles all began with “The End of.”

Is this a sign that we are entering a new era?  Perhaps now, after the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and the present Cenozoic era, we’re entering the TheEndOf-Zoic era.  You want evidence?  Here it is, in the form of just a few of the many book titles I found on Amazon with a quick search: 

  • The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
  • The End of Food
  • The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
  • The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World
  • The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
  • The End of Days: Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return (The Earth Chronicles)
  • The End of Nature
  • The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists
  • The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End
  • The End of History and the Last Man
  • The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World
  • The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant)
  • The End of Medicine: How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor
  • The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever
  • The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise

So I’ll ask you again, are we entering a new era? 

Maybe I need an end-oscopy to find out.

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