It’s only three or so paragraphs, and it’s nearly a decade old, but this post from Dave Noon is worth revisiting. Again and Again. Forever.
Bleak, horrific wastelands where sense is sacrificed. That’s what it feels like from the inside. And often enough, after the fact.
You can also read some of David Noon’s slightly more recent, equally hilarious rants on history and politics at The Edge of the American West blog at the Chronicle of Higher Ed.