An Age of Anxiety, Haunted by History

Adam Curtis’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn

“Accurate scholarship can / Unearth the whole offence / From Luther until now / That has driven a culture mad / … / The lights must never go out, / The music must always play, / All the conventions conspire / To make this fort assume / The furniture of home; /…