Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Apr 162019
 

Not so very long ago, no adult in history had ever spoken of himself as the parent of an animal.

Apr 102019
 

Ours is the Great Age of Hoaxes, its small compensation for being the Great Age of Fakes.

Mar 262019
 

Flash mobs appeared from nowhere, a few years ago, and vanished as suddenly as they came.

Mar 202019
 

There are no murders of great civilizations — only suicides.

Jan 172019
 

The savage’s hatred of the civilized man does little harm, unless abetted by the civilized man’s hatred of himself.

Dec 172018
 

The conservative stands athwart history with a radar gun, handing out the occasional speeding ticket to make quota.

Dec 032018
 

Whiggism implies boundless optimism about the future, and, less often noted, boundless contempt for the past.

Oct 312018
 

We say of posthumously venerated figures that they waited generations or centuries to receive their due. It does not occur to us that they may have deserved their earlier neglect, and that it is we who have been taken in.