Writings in History

“1943. An 18-year old started out by thanking Fielding for his book on homosexuality. He then continued: “Perhaps it appealed to me more because (being very frank) I am a homosexualist!” Any amateur linguist would conclude that the use of a tetrameter leaves readers out of breath and sparks suspense. The words between parentheses delay the outcome and the underlining of the word “very”places emphasis on what is to come. Out.


This 18-year old is indeed coming out to Fielding, an act that we label as exceptionally 21st century. LGBTQ-XYZ was a complaint I recently heard about today’s “over-sexual” generation.” - from Google, Our Sexologist

“This piece of oral history is extremely important because it explains why Hannah Arendt embraced and prophesied upon the new generation, one ofwhom at nineteen, as she reports to her husband, “asked [her] questions with such precision that [she] was astounded by him.” What HannahArendt suggests in her informal letters and casual observations of postwar German society is that the young generation would indeed one day ask questions with such precision and would, unlike those disillusioned Germans she has encountered, properly look and demand for the causes of the last war and severely reprimand the buried complacency of their lip- sealed parents.” - from Did Hannah Arendt Predict Germany’s Future?

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