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On The Mystery Of Tai Verdes

There are wikipedia entries for a lot of people, events, and things, but there is at present no wikipedia entry for a performer known as Tai Verdes. This seems somewhat strange, because this absence clashes with the evident desire of … Continue reading

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What Is History To You Is Memory To Someone Else

One of the more frequent asymmetric aspects of our lives is the way that what is history to us is memory to someone else. And, if we are older, what is history to someone else will be memory for us. … Continue reading

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The Present Is Too Often The Enemy Of The Past

While the vagaries of time have been dangerous enough to the threats of Egyptian history, the worst threat to the memory of Egyptian pharaohs was other Egyptian pharaohs. One would think that Egyptian rulers would want to emphasize the lengthy … Continue reading

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When You Fail So Much They Don’t Even Remember You

One of the more interesting things about paying attention to international news is that one hears stories that one never would hear from one’s own national news sources with their parochial interests. Among the news stories that I find to … Continue reading

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Can We Bring Yesterday Back Around?

Depending on where you are from, you are most likely to be familiar with different versions of the song “About You Now” that were released in the late oughts. The original version, at least so far as I am aware, … Continue reading

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On Ways The Past Is Another Country

Recently I have read some books about animals I happen to appreciate. It was striking to read, for example, that Pandas were still largely unknown in the west and in much of China as late as the 1930’s when various … Continue reading

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Book Review: Whatever It Took

Whatever It Took: An American Paratrooper’s Extraordinary Memoir of Escape, Survival, And Heroism In The Last Days OF World War II, by Henry Langrehr and Jim DeFelice This book is somewhat extraordinary in that it is the most restrained book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Remembering Slavery

Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences Of Slavery And Emancipation, edited by Ira Berlin, Mark Favreau, and Steven F. Miller During the 1930’s, an act of oral historiography was undertaken in which a variety of researchers were … Continue reading

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Future Negative Nostalgia

One of the most fascinating asymmetries that exists in the lives of human beings is the asymmetry between looking forward and looking back. As imperfect as our memories are, whether speaking individually or collectively, they are nonetheless far better than … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cult City

Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, And 10 Days That Shook San Francisco In reading this rather unpleasant but deeply interesting book, I was struck by the question of whether the ten days that the author writes about with a … Continue reading

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