Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Nov 082017
 

Civilization creates leisure, leisure promotes folly, and folly ends civilization.

Sep 272017
 

Not so long ago people were enslaved by other than comfort, choice, and convenience.

Sep 222017
 

It would have occurred to approximately no one in history to ask if what he was doing made him happy.

Sep 132017
 

We ought to think of the present as if it were the past; instead we think of the past as if it were the present.

Aug 302017
 

Theories of history owe their enduring popularity to the difficulty of perceiving accident in accomplished fact.

Jul 102017
 

Fiction is more confining than history, for fiction must be plausible, while history need only be real.

Jun 282017
 

Cultural epochs used to last for centuries, then generations, then decades, now a year or two, and soon it will be fifteen minutes.

Jun 052017
 

The list of people who achieve posthumous fame after a lifetime of obscurity is short, and will not include you.