From: Steve Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 08/19/02-01:50:46 PM Z
Well, as an historian, I like John Walton's definition of an historian in
his book, "Monterey A Storied Land," page 8. He writes historians are those
who gather facts of events and anicdotes [of the time] to link together and
prove a point of view they originally set out to make available for others
in the future to be able to look back.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy Seigel" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 12:31 PM
> On Sun, 18 Aug 2002, Carl Weese wrote:
> > > I believe "incorrect myth" is a tautology.
> > I
> > think there are a lot of these red herring, incorrect myths about
> > grant the term is inelegant though, and will see about thinking up a
> > replacement.
> So I checked my 1932 dictionary, which I like because it's small enough to
> lift & the type large enough to read. One definition for myth is "a person
> or thing whose existence is imaginary or not verifiable." Which I take for
> the sense in which it was used, probably accounting for my sense of
> redundancy. Theoretically I suppose there could be a correct myth, but
> that would probably be better called history, tale, character sketch,
> chronicle, record, yarn, anecdote, or other term from any of the 19
> subtopics under "Description" in Roget's.
> Meanwhile, going down the page I scan section .5 ..."History -- a set of
> lies agreed upon. [Napoleon]." Isn't this what we're talking about? How
> much Westoniana is really true, a mere generation after his death?
> History of photography of just the last 20 years has already gone weird...
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