I watched Taxi Driver (#47 in AFI’s top 100 movie list) last night. Wow, Robert Deniro was mesmerizing. Dark and disturbing movies are not my favorite, but they are intriguing and thought provoking when done well.

It was such a visceral portrait of the ’70s in New York City. Which makes sense, because the movie was made in the ’70s. Between seeing this movie and reading the U.S.A. Trilogy, which is about the United States in the early 20th century, I find myself pondering what the early 21st century will look like in books and movies 30 years down the road.

I imagine stories about a bunch of people connected to their laptops and smartphones instead of connected to real people…