Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

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.

May 242016
 

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