abbreviate

 The question of selection is a key to any text – what is included, what is left out. If the examination of texts for elisions, or missing things, is a pre-occupation with certain critics, then they can take heart from the fact that all texts without exception are marked with elision, and the writers who produce the texts will never find a dodge around their critical activities, and thus rise beyond their reach. In my case, the abbreviation of the material I am examining has already been accomplished to a large extent by entropy and forgetting, and by the ultimate amnesia that takes place when people die. With the exception of my brother Raymond* and possibly Anton, all the main characters in this history are dead. From what remains I must cut, sort, order and phrase in my own words, mix my own pharmakon.

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* Raymond died in 2007, in a hang-glider accident.

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