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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A&E Biography 

When someone dies, their life seems crystallized: now we know the whole story because it's finished, people think. But is it?

Don't you often find yourself discovering more and more about the person, leaving you with a strangely less finished portrait? If you made the effort to hunt down every scrap of information that you could find, quizzing everybody they knew, reading all their letters, studying the decades of secret 24-hour videos made of them, wouldn't you end up with a mere sketch of the person?

Full of detail, yes, but of wandering composition, with all kinds of perspective errors, infinitely self-contradictory things, and multiple, impossible light sources.

And if you knew everything, then it might just seem to you that you had no picture at all.



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