The Difference Between ‘Neo’ And ‘New’

Here in the 21st century, we’re so retro that we don’t even need to look ahead. Or maybe it’s that we’re so global that we’re about to come full circle and become separatist. No, wait: we’re so full of self-conscious irony that we’ve forgotten how to be serious. Well, whatever we are, Philip Marchand finds it all deeply unsatisfying.