Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The photo of me (above) was taken (by me) a couple of years ago on the roof of the Met in New York. I would have used a more a recent one here – except that I don't have any tolerable recent ones. Since I am the one who takes almost all the pictures, I am also the one who is almost never in them. When Mabel looks back on the documentary evidence of her childhood, it will appear to her as if I was not there. This offers a good example of the reason for postmodern researchers to cultivate the same skepticism about documentary evidence that they already cultivate toward anything they can perceive as a structure of social control.