Category Archives: History

Uses of the past

Nostalgia is nonsense, the past rearranged to suit a fantasy of the way things were. Nostalgia is discarded farm implements left in the weather to rust, solidify, and decay in the service of decoration. Memory, on the other hand, when … Continue reading

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Wherein the person awheel comes dangerously close to dissing all that was holy and good. 30 days of biking, #28

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” —1 Corinthians 13:11 __ When I rode seriously, I … Continue reading

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Read before burning bridges. 30 days of biking, #27

I’m back at the house no longer there and the flowers across the street from the house, the flowers that seem to follow the unattributable advice to bloom where you’re planted, though because flowers were blooming in place long before … Continue reading

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A ditch in time. 30 days of biking, #24

This photo is a lie. Well, not a lie—instead, it contains far too little truth. Just like so many photos, paintings, sculptures, essays, speeches, inscriptions, magazines, books, podcasts, blogs, databases, casual conversations, compilations, tattoos, and cave paintings. What is truth? … Continue reading

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A few letters shy of a sign. 30 days of biking, #23

Here’s where I realized I was old: the Radnor Grange building or, as no one refers to it today, the R Grae building. (You kind of want to dig around to see if any of the fallen letters are still … Continue reading

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