The View from the Theatre Box


In the space between meaninglessness of the present and the unknowable past is the entertainment of history. The artifice of history's words is to give historians, whoever they are - gossips, priests, academics - control over the past in a way participants could never control their present. Historians, again, whoever they are, are outsiders. They always make a drama out of what the participants experienced as one damn thing after another. Historians always see the past from a perspective the past could never have had. They are like meteorologists predicting yesterday's weather today. They get their certainties from consequences.
Greg Dening, "A Poetic for Histories" in Performances

And so for day 2381