The obscurest epoch is today.

Oct 012014

Chivalry is moribund, but every war kindles a recrudescence.

Sep 302014

Each photograph in the album is a tiny buttress of age with youth, of a ruined present with a glorious past.

Sep 242014

Many historical figures supposed to be influential are chiefly so among the cataloguers of influence.

Sep 232014

People throughout history have died mostly of being in the way.

Sep 222014

The historical imagination is the recognition that then was someone else’s now.

Sep 112014

Two hundred years ago to call a man a poet implied that he was a god; today it implies that he is a fool.

Aug 282014

The archetype of the modern intellectual is not the dry specialist, as the nineteenth century foresaw, but the interdisciplinary huckster.