Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Nov 282016
 

Each great upheaval of history that now seems to us inevitable came to nearly everyone who lived through it as a complete surprise.

Aug 102016
 

However many stages history is divided into, ours is always second to last.

Aug 012016
 

Civilizations expire, unnoticed, in a rabble of compilers, curators, connoisseurs, encyclopedists, mashers-up, aficionados.

Jun 082016
 

It defeats the purpose of remembering someone’s name to look pleased with yourself for having done so.

May 242016
 

It was not so long ago that enthusiasm was regarded as a fatal weakness of character.

Mar 212016
 

The belief that one is entirely self-created has been possible only in a very few times and places. It is an accident of circumstance.