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Last Days: Letter to the Future

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by Jeffrey Gold

Dramatica Press New York • Los Angeles

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Last Days: Letter to the Future © 1997 Jeffrey Gold

Last Days: Letter to the Future is published by Dramatica Press New York (347) 788 0037 • Los Angeles (213) 787 6066 • www.dramaticapress.com

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All rights reserved. Except for short passages quoted in newspaper, magazines, radio, or television reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, or otherwise, including photocopying or recording (visual or audio), or stored in an information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. This material is fully protected under the Copyright Laws of the United States and all other countries of the Berne and Universal Copyright Conventions. All rights, including but not limited to professional, amateur, recording, motion picture, recitation, lecturing, public reading, radio and television broadcast, and the rights of translation into foreign languages, are expressly reserved. Use of this material by educational institutions can be secured from the author’s publisher, Dramatica Press, or the author’s representative, Corpus Polymedia, or the author. Library of Congress Cataloging-In-Publication Data Gold, Jeffrey. Last days: letter to the future / Jeffrey Gold.—1st ed. p.cm. ISBN: 145156063X EAN-13: 9781451560633 Cover photographs: “Some Radar and Radio Antennas Near Turin” by Rodolfo Belloli (2007) “Shipwreck at Sunset, Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia” by Allison Cotterell (2008) “City Lights 1, Golden Star, Balneario Camboriu, SC, Brazil” by Diogo Ferrari (2009) Author photograph (Interior): Benjamine Justine Hubert Cover design: Corpus Polymedia Text Design: Dramatic Press/Corpus Polymedia Text Font: Bembo First Edition, March 2010


For all who want to live free

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Introduction

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Sugarhouse March 19, 2010

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Last Days: Letter to the Future was written in 1997 while I was at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, England.

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Burn out all the suns And shut the whole thing down— We are forgotten by monkeys.

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hese were the days of transition, where the people held onto the days and beliefs of the past, although they never lived either of them, to carry them to an uncertain future, knowledgeable in the past that the rules of old had long lived beyond their simple effectiveness or humanity. The rules of old were the rules of convenience, no doubt left mired in their tracks by those who were so well served by them, had profited by them. Only a revolution could topple them now, but then, I always hated revolutions because they are an extreme: a reaction to the preceding malice; not an action in its own right. Perhaps it’s circular—the definition: the essence of revolution—the turning, the mass graves, the fallen infrastructure, the long queues of sustenance, and the seas of frightened eyes of the onlookers, the silent cars, the dead streets whose silence is broken by the voices of children echoing through the canyons of glass, steel, and concrete—a call from our primordial selves, a return to the innocence that only inhabits the world of the naive, the refuge from pragmatic pragmatism. Ambition was such a dirty word now, because the ambitious had filtered their easy way to the trough and stood there doling out our meager shares, if any had been left after the great feast. But the feast was over. Tonight was the twilight. It wasn’t a celebration because nothing was worth celebrating—

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Educated at Cambridge University, Westminster College, and the University of Utah, Jeffrey Gold is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, composer, and film producer. He currently resides in Sugarhouse, Utah.


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