Open Call

E M Forster’s uncannily prescient 1909 story, “The Machine Stops.”

Arts Letters & Numbers

No Funding
Free / No Costs


Live Streamed discussion between Bob Garfield and Lawrence Weschler

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No deadline


September 01, 2021 - September 02, 2021


No meals

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Program Description

mankind has been reduced to living underground, in hexagonal rooms “like the cells of a bee” with no apertures and throbbing ventilation, each cell containing a single individual, though everyone is connected to everyone else by way of a vast hive of intermeshed video screens. Zoom, as it were, avant la lettre. For this is how the great E. M. Forster’s visionary 1909 story “The Machine Stops” begins, with a son calling out to videoconference with his mother on the other side of the globe, to chat and to complain, “The Machine is much, but it is not everything. I see something like you in this plate, but I do not see you. I hear something like you through this telephone, but I do not hear you.”

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