What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
– “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot
In early December, downtown Los Angeles erupted in flames. Observers reaching for a sufficient word seemed unanimously to converge on “apocalyptic.”
The End is always nigh, but it seems to be more nigh than usual of late. So say the novelists, who have recently inundated the mainstream literary market with fiction of the post-apocalyptic type. In July, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert turned Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California, about a young …