The Spielberg/Kushner West Side Story is, I think, the first time that a remake of a great movie has turned out to be a greater movie. Extraordinary.
Bernstein and Sondheim, Robbins and Laurents were not exceptionally optimistic, but they held out some hope:
We'll find a new way of living
We'll find a way of forgiving
They must have believed, because the whole conception is an argument for this. But, fifty years on, with Nazis again on the march, and as the editorial board of the New York Times argues that we should accept the inevitable Russian victory because delaying our submission to the yoke of totalitarianism may be costly?
Two weeks ago, I started PizzaForUkraine.com, a site where you can send a pizza to a Kharkiv subway bomb shelter. You send me money, and I bundle up the orders each day and pass them along to a couple of places in Kharkiv that are making pizzas for people who need them.
In addition to bomb shelters, we’re sending pizza to emergency rooms, ambulance crews, teachers, and even people out in the parks (between air raids) who need cheering up.
We’ve delivered more than 600 pizzas.
My paper for the special History track of the 2o22 Web Conference, “On The Origins Of Hypertext In The Disasters Of The Short 20th Century”, is available in the ACM Digital Library, and here (pdf).
The development of hypertext and the World Wide Web is most frequently explained by reference to changes in underlying technologies — Moore’s Law giving rise to faster computers, more ample memory, increased bandwidth, inexpensive color displays. That story is true, but it is not complete: hypertext and the Web are also built on a foundation of ideas. Specifically, I believe the Web we know arose from ideas rooted in the disasters of the short twentieth century, 1914–1989. The experience of these disasters differed in the Americas and in Eurasia, and this distinction helps explain many long-standing tensions in research and practice alike.