on this frontier we should stand


In an essay called “The Literature of Fact,” Garton Ash explores the murky border realm between memory and imagination in writing, but he plants his flag where the postmodernist scorns to go: “It may seem a grave limitation for any writer to leave the facts as facts, but self-limitation is a key to art. On this frontier we should stand.” This grounding in the solid world helps explain how Garton Ash has been able to remain that rare and essential thing, a reasonable man.


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