Violinist Jascha Heifetz playing in Mili’s darkened studio as light attached to his bow traces the bow movement.
Photo by Gjon Mili, 1952 - LIFE archive
A million years ago, the cave man, without tools, with small brain, and with nothing but the strength of his body, managed to feed his wife and children, so that through him the race survived. You on the other hand, armed with all the modern means of production, multiplying the productive capacity of the cave man a million times — you are incompetents and muddlers, you are unable to secure to millions even the paltry amount of bread that would sustain their physical life. You have mismanaged the world, and it shall be taken from you.
Jack London (speaking to a group of wealthy New Yorkers at the turn of the century)