Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"You might think of yourself as knowing history because you know some names and dates.  But the feel for history is all brims and tail fins and flying buttresses, in all their typical variety.  It is style that sorts the countless times around us into some kind of receding sequence, and simultaneously makes us aware of how they loop back through the present.  It is style that lets us live in our own moment, or in some accidental or some curated past, or in all of them at once. Forget about clocks and calendars.  Style is one of the basic ways that we tell time and it is just about the only way we tell history, or at least the only way that we perceive history around us.  Without style, history is just a story."

-Jeff Dolven, "Tom’s Hat"
Cabinet Magazine, Issue 44, 

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