The Art of Tetman Callis Lit & Crit In the shadow of the greats

In the shadow of the greats

“The past has many uses, and one of them is to inspire the present.  People in any profession like to create an imaginary past, populated by the Ones Who Came Before.  Sometimes, we figure these people to be narrow-minded fools and feel motivated to demonstrate our own superior tolerance and sophistication.  More honorably, if not necessarily more accurately, we imagine our predecessors as nobler or braver than our small and anxious selves—as men and women who stuck up for principle and, by their righteousness, moved the world.” – Louis Menand, “Seeing It Now”

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