Enda Duffy


On his book The Speed Handbook: Velocity, Pleasure, Modernism

Cover Interview of May 23, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“To understand modernity, you need to understand speed.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“We have become blase to speed: we would now need to drive very fast indeed to experience what those earliest drivers felt at, say, 45 mph.”

On the second:

“Before, the home had been cast as the—static—place of pleasure: the unknown world beyond, as the place of threat and possible adventure. With the automobile and its thrills, the home ceased to be the place in which to experience the best of modernity. Now the space of movement thrilled more than any.”