Friday, September 28, 2012

Quote of the Day (Simon Schama, on Writing as a ‘Fight Against Loss’)

“[W]riting has always seemed to me a fight against loss, an instinct for replay; a resistance to the attrition of memory. To translate lived experience into a pattern of words that preserves its vitality without fixing it in literary embalming fluid; that for me has been the main thing.”—Historian Simon Schama, “Why I Write,” The Financial Times, September 15, 2012

(Photograph of Simon Schama at Strand Book Store, New York City. taken August 15, 2006, by David Shankbone)

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