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'The Age of Earthquakes' looks back instead of forward
'The Age of Earthquakes' looks back instead of forward

I’m of two minds about “The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present” (Blue Rider: unpaged, $15 paper). On the one hand, this collaboration between writers Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist aspires to be a hip, up-to-the-moment set of riffs on our current age of anxiety, a book that functions, so to speak, like the Internet. On the other, if I want a book to function like the Internet, I’ll just use, um, the Internet. “The Age of Earthquakes” is not about earthquakes — not the physical sort, at any rate. Early on, the authors attempt a loose link: “The carbon that fuels our...

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