by Henri Luc
[This is a further short excerpt from an interview with the beloved late-gaean amateur historian & legendary oldtime history-broadcaster, Emmett R Smith, of the hallowed Lincoln Park district in Old Mankato in Minnesota, on the North Coast of Iowa in Old Earth. He lived in the last years of humanity’s confinement to Old Earth before the advent of widely-available space-travel and out-migration. This was fifteen hundred years ago, of course; and, in all that follows, the rhodomontade and piffle, we may think to detect the authentic voice of that former earth-bound age.
[Such recorded material as we have been able to retrieve from the universal light-cone, of Smith’s Old Earth radio-historiography, now is available in the ‘Mankato History This Month’ archive at this link:
[Much of it is ludicrous; and, some of it will bring tears for the sweet fugacity of all existence.
HENRI Luc, Special Correspondent, Cosmopolis: “You’d said earlier that you wrote two novels in your twenties and had outlined a third — why did you not continue with fiction and literature…as opposed to writing about history, I mean?”
THE Affable Emmett Smith: “Ah, me! Well, what I am saying is that historical perception simply TRUMPS fictional introspection. Lincoln, you know, said that by forty a man has the face he deserves. And when I realized that mostly people’s troubles all stem from the fact that we are mostly just funny-looking — or we all think so, mostly about each other and that’s the same thing! — well, Hell, I knew right there that honestly one simply could not very truthfully mine a whole lot of big fat novels out of THAT!
“Not a few of these postmodern hairpins do, of course, but that’s what I mean — it’s just another symptom of late-historical self-absorption….
“But that people ARE mostly just funny-looking, and madder than Hell about it too, Christ, there’s loads of history to be gotten out that ONE fact alone — take Hitler, for example, or the average white supremacist for that matter.
“‘PEOPLE Are funny-looking,’ my God, that’s a whole axiom and at least two corollaries — about historical motives AND purposes — all in a nutshell….
“But it just ain’t a whole Hell of a lot of good for LITERATURE!”
Emmett R Smith
[all transcription-rights reserved
[7 October 2007]