Teaser Tuesday: In Praise of Forgetting

Like a happy puppy dancing for joy at your arrival, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

In case you missed my announcement a few weeks ago, I’m doing some guest co-hosting on Sectarian Review. Soon we’ll be recording an episode on memorials, and as research I’m reading In Praise of Forgetting by David Reiff. I’m glad I found a copy; it has been a valuable resource not only for the podcast episode but also for giving me some ideas to make history more relevant to my students.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 80:

And [Judt] argued, "When we ransack the past for political profit — selecting the bits that can serve our purposes and recruiting history to teach opportunistic moral lessons — we get bad morality and bad history.” To which one should add: We also get kitsch.

 

In Praise of Forgetting cover

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