Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Joe Friday standard ...

... Just the Facts, Ma’Am. (Hat tip, Liz Morris.)

The difference between history and poetry, Aristotle argued, is that “the one tells what has happened, the other the kind of things that can happen. And in fact that is why the writing of poetry is a more philosophical activity, and one to be taken more seriously, than the writing of history.” Historians have turned this thinking on its head. History, not literature, is the serious stuff.

Yes, and if you read The Black Swan you will realize that history as written might well prove unrecognizable to those alive during the period being written about.

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