He was doing his Masters on Brecht, and I was writing a PhD on memory and...– Sometimes you read a fragment that makes your friends seem unexpectedly unfamiliar and yet even more excellent. Congratulations to Dougal on his book and Giovanni for setting it sail!
The City as a Flow →
In other words, establishing a sense of place in this way can help you see the city as a flow rather than as a static object. And that, I think, is what history should do – neither render the past as simply the present in different clothes, nor make the people of an earlier age seem impossibly distant, but rather establish a process linking their lives with ours.
After "Out of Sleep" →
Giovanni’s ongoing project - which I find exhilarating - to survey that by which we are surveilled, puts me in mind of a similar process in Allen Curnow’s “Out of Sleep”: This you suppose is what goes on all day. No one is allowed long to stop and listen, But takes brief turns at it: now as you lie Dead calm, one gust in the damp cedar hissing Will have the mist right...