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If air travel was once the bold future, it has now settled into a mundane, on-going present. We no longer expect romantic experiences or sublime views, but just hope that we get from here to there with minimal hassle. In The End of Airports, Christopher Schaberg suggests that even as the epoch of flight approaches a threshold of banality, there are still mysteries to be unraveled around our aircraft and airfields. Drawing from his own experiences working at an airport, as well as interpreting these spaces from the perspective of a cultural critic, Schaberg explores the secret lives of jet bridges, seating areas, concourses, and tarmac vehicles, showing how the ordinary objects of flight call for wonder and inquiry. The End of Airports is not an obituary-it's more like an ode to terminals in the digital age.
Christopher Schaberg is Associate Professor of English & Environment at Loyola University New Orleans, USA. He is the author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2011, reprinted in paperback, 2013).
Table of Contents
aphorisms for airports
1. Cross-Utilized Agent 2. Cog in the Machine 3. Checking In 4. Seatback Pockets 5. The Tug 6. Meal Kits 7. Tetris
aphorisms for airport work
8. No Longer New 9. Tom 10. FOD 11. Creatures 12. Burnout 13. Flight Privileges 14. Stranded 15. Strange Flights
aphorisms for an age of security
16. Code Red 17. Stickers 18. Jeff Bridges 19. Night on the Tarmac 20. Six Years Later
aphorisms for an age of new media
21. Ubiquitous Droning 22. Sitting Still, Taking Time 23. Hangar to Grave 24. Conditions Beyond Control 25. Jet Bridges 26. All Systems Go Coda: Return to Bozeman