on this frontier we should stand

NYT:

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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