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My Hidden History
Those of us blessed with unfamous lives have by definition obscure histories. If purposefully left unrecorded, our history is secret; if unrecorded by default, it's simply lost; and if recorded but unpublished, it is in a sense hidden. Hence the title of this collection, "My Hidden History."
History, it seems, falls to those with the restless pen. Those who record their experiences are not the most noteworthy, but their records end up being all we have of their time and place. The most mundane records--of the travails of doing business, for instance--become far more accurate windows on the past as it was lived than documents consciously assembled as "history."
Radical hippie, circa mid-70s
photo courtesy of Ian Lind
There are other reasons to set down one's experiences, of course; the pleasure of reliving those glorious days, and perhaps the assessment that some things you have done are worthy of recording, despite their modest scale and scope. Everything listed here is very small scale-- no space telescopes designed, no headlines, no influence of any sort.
I have been blessed to know some very courageous and unique people.
You are free to disagree, of course, but hopefully the documenting of these
activities will serve to record the spirit of these times and places
in a modestly entertaining fashion.
August 2010 update: I am dissatisfied by this "hidden history" and am
pondering whether to delete it entirely or improve it in some yet-unknown fashion.
For now, here are some bits and pieces of the various lives I have led to date.
Me at 19: The Draft, AFSC and "Theses on Feuerbach"
photo courtesy of Gary Baker
The "Cop Out," 1970
Among the best of friends:
American Friends Service Committee, 1972-77
The absurd, arduous process of becoming a writer led me to compose this essay, For Aspiring Writers: the Worst Advice You'll Ever Read (2005)
And with a fanfare and drumroll, here are my various books:
Survival+ The Primer ($5)
I-State Lines ($9.95)
Kama Sutra Cadillac ($5)
Survival+ The Primer $9.95
Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis
Claire's Great Adventure
Kama Sutra Cadillac
Of Two Minds
Verona in Spring
For My Daughter