. . . reader Thoreau whose enlightening blog you can find right here.
The great invention of the XXth century that impressed the people lost in the taiga was:
The plastic bag! “It’s a glass that crumples but doesn’t break!” they kept exclaiming. Who cares about television and refrigeration when the miracle of the plastic bag exists!
I’m preparing a lecture on the encounter between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the Americas and this story will help me to make the point about the complexities of an intra-civilizational dialogue.