Quotation by Archibald MacLeish

Wildness and silence disappeared from the countryside, sweetness fell from the air, not because anyone wished them to vanish or fall but because throughways had to floor the meadows with cement to carry the automobiles which advancing technology produced.... Tropical beaches turned into high-priced slums where thousand-room hotels elbowed each other for glimpses of once-famous surf not because those who loved the beaches wanted them there but because enormous jets could bring a million tourists every year—and therefore did.
Archibald MacLeish (1892–1982), U.S. poet. repr. In Riders on Earth as "Return from the Excursion" (1978). "The Great American Frustration," Saturday Review (New York, July 9, 1968).

Of the advance of technology in the U.S.
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