Quote of the Day

The only reason for writing history, I think,is so we can try to understand the present. Because of that, the questions it seems relevant to us to ask about the past are informed by our experience of the present. You’re asking the past different questions from what people did fifty years ago, or will be doing in another fifty years.

“The only reason for writing history, I think,is so we can try to understand the present. Because of that, the questions it seems relevant to us to ask about the past are informed by our experience of the present. You’re asking the past different questions from what people did fifty years ago, or will be doing in another fifty years.” — Pat Barker, The Art of Fiction No. 243, The Paris Review (Winter 2018)

Quote of the Day

People tend to romanticize nature, and to connect it to an earlier time, a more innocent time. They don’t give the natural world credit for being a place of great violence, the fight for survival on the part of animals, the unpredictability and destructiveness of a storm, or of the ocean.

“People tend to romanticize nature, and to connect it to an earlier time, a more innocent time. They don’t give the natural world credit for being a place of great violence, the fight for survival on the part of animals, the unpredictability and destructiveness of a storm, or of the ocean.” — Carl Phillips, The Art of Poetry No. 103,” The Paris Review (Spring 2019)