In Lieu of a First Post

“You live through time, that little piece of time that is yours, but that piece of time is not only your own life, it is the summing up of all the other lives that are simultaneous with yours … It is, in other words, history, and what you are is an expression of that history, and you do not live your life, but somehow your life lives you, and you are, therefore, only what history does to you.”

—Robert Penn Warren, from World Enough and Time (Random House, 1950)

(Acknowledgements to Danzy Senna for her review “A Prep School Confronts the ’60s” in the New York Times Book Review, 24 June 2011 and to “A Poet Reflects” for the full quote.)

(And yes, I will be quoting the odd quote.)

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