After a Brief Respite

Life has a way of letting you know you are not in charge, despite what you may think. Your level of ambition might not actually match what is humanly possible to achieve during the 24 hours we are given each day.

After a brief stint in the sickbed, I am finally able to work at full speed again.

Unfortunately, I missed my latest appointment in London, and have been forced to get a part-time job at a local secondary school (I teach language and literature). This has, on the other hand, given me a much-needed schedule which is otherwise quite difficult to maintain. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I do feel positive.

At the moment I am busy writing my ”Discourse of Forgetting” pertaining to the Russell Tribunal having been relegated to the fringes of history (as well as the ever-present grant applications). This is, of course, an abstract phenomenon to begin with.

To further complicate the idea of forgetting, we must ask ourselves what was once known and/or, if only, briefly remembered, i.e. what could possibly be expected to be remembered today but is not? It is in this hypothetical discrepancy forgetting potentially looms; a perpetuated neglect of repetition and recontextualisation risks making a crevasse of this discrepancy as the distance between ‘then’ and ‘now’, an original memory and a seemingly lacking present, grows with it. Of course, many times the lacking present is not aware of its ’loss’; the forgetting discourse aims to manifest, as well as analyse, the loss of memory and the forces at work, both then and now. Adjacent to this line of reasoning are questions of why we should remember, or rather re-remember, that which was once forgotten.

(Photo: Warsaw, 1946. Michael Nash AP)

(Photo: Warsaw, 1946. Michael Nash AP)