Throughout this country’s history there have of course been systematic efforts to create an official underclass.
A handful of works in history have had a direct impact on social policy: one or two works of Dickens, some of Zola, ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ and, in modern drama, Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart.’
Their memory’s like a train: you can see it getting smaller as it pulls away And the things you can’t remember Tell the things you can’t forget that History puts a saint in every dream.
Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books – but it is terrible when one has to live it.
We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we make today.