Anxiety…

Here’s Don DeLillo from The Names (1982):

The price of oil was an index to the Western world’s anxiety.  It provided a figure, $24 a barrel, say, to measure against the figure of the month before or the year before.  It was a handy way to refer to our complex involvements.  It told us how bad we felt at a given time. (p. 66)

So, how do we feel at $130+ a barrel?

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