"I must admit it was the fin-de-siecle New York comment that really caught my eye. The end of romanticism and the emergence of modernism characterized the last fin-de-siecle and what will destiny bring this time. What do you think this time of change will bring? Should we be living lives ofdecadence in trpidation of what will come? I think I belabor the issue but the concept really moves me.... I am cultured and mannered (the latter only under duress)....I am at a loss as to where to proceed." From a grad student bachelor.