When Mr. Weisman wonders what would happen to New York City, he foresees rewilding (the return of wolves and bears), plants forcing their ways through the sidewalk and water damage to the underground infrastructure. "Before long, streets start to crater," he writes, with scarily apt foresight. "As Lexington Avenue caves in, it becomes a river." Lexington Avenue has lately shown us what he means.
It is, Ms. Maslin notes, a "punishingly bleak picture." Which is why I want to direct you now to a far funnier take on the same idea. Ladies and gentleman, the Kiwi folk-parody duo, Flight of the Conchords, with "The Humans Are Dead."
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