presently thinking

that the kind of heart-pounding anxiety I experienced while editing and writing up Nat’s detention case — deathly afraid of misquoting, misattributing or misrepresenting anything, and meticulously substantiating everything — perhaps should be approximately the sort of relationship historians have to their sources (primary or otherwise). Just because the threat of libel charges, arrest and unlawful detention don’t loom as large for historians as for amateur journalists reporting from within an escalating police state, doesn’t mean that irresponsible history won’t get rumbled eventually. Honesty is (and should be) honesty, even if there’s no one around to see it, or, you know, unlawfully detain it for questioning — a lesson worth articulating, even if already learned.


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