Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Feb 082017
 

The medieval church had a juster claim as guardian of the life of the mind than the contemporary university.

Jan 052017
 

Historically killing deprived its victims only of life; the modern refinement is to deprive them first of agency.

Dec 142016
 

It is no harder to foresee the future than to construe the past.

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.