Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Through a Glass, Darkly

Historical research is much about making sense of vaguely glimpsed figures, grasping at shadows that flit across the dim curtain of the past and are gone. Of the actors, whose darkened reflections emerge from pot-shard documentation, we can ultimately say little. The golden ideal of understanding will elude us.

1 comment:

Justin said...

Alternative explanation: research drives one to drink.