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Does what should be deeply disturbing, even apocalyptically terrifying, in the present moment strike many of us as the equivalent of so many movie-made terrors -- shivers and fears produced in a world so far beyond us that we can do nothing about them?

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Zombies have figured prominently in the American cultural spotlight for at least a decade. Might the phenomenon have anything to do with, say, many Americans' feeling of alienation from the nation’s political life?

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Zombies have made a pop culture comeback. It might have something to do with all the undead banks and the bankers whose careers live on after the economic apocalypse they caused.

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