The Future of the Past

The Future of the Past A fascinating tour of the past as it exists today and of the dangers that threaten it through incisive portraits of our attempts to maintain it the high tech struggles to save the Great Sphinx and t

  • Title: The Future of the Past
  • Author: Alexander Stille
  • ISBN: 9780312420949
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fascinating tour of the past as it exists today, and of the dangers that threaten it, through incisive portraits of our attempts to maintain it the high tech struggles to save the Great Sphinx and the Ganges the efforts to preserve Latin within the Vatican the digital glut inside the National Archives, which may have caused information to be lost than ever beforeA fascinating tour of the past as it exists today, and of the dangers that threaten it, through incisive portraits of our attempts to maintain it the high tech struggles to save the Great Sphinx and the Ganges the efforts to preserve Latin within the Vatican the digital glut inside the National Archives, which may have caused information to be lost than ever before and an oral culture threatened by a new technology writing itself Stille explores not simply the past, but our ideas about the past and how they will have to change if our past is to have a future.

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    1. This was a selection for our library book discussion for later this year. This series of study on various topics centers around how we affect our future just by our interaction. The first one was on Egypt. Our very breath and body sweat affects the relics of the Great Pyramids to its destruction. Fast food restaurants and commerce creeping too close to each of the Pyramids, while Edgar Cayce fans on group tours add more stress on the Sphynx and its surrounds. The colors of the pigments become fa [...]


    2. Collection of articles addressing a common theme: the past and humankind's difficult relationship with it. Stille travels to a number of locations -- Cairo, Alexandria, Sicily, Rome, Xian, Madagascar, remote islands in Papua New Guinea -- talks to a number of people, mostly researchers, religious figures, government officials, a few laymen, about the past, preservation and conservation, ways that the past lives with us still, influencing & impeding our thoughts, actions, conceptions of art, [...]


    3. I highly recommend this book if you're interested in archeology, art, cultural memory or in technology and the way it affects preservation efforts of all kinds. Highly readable the book contains essays on the rebuilding of the library in Alexandria, one priests efforts to preserve Latin in the Vatican, saving the Ganges from environmental disaster and more. The best thing about this book is that it outlines the paradoxes present in trying to "preserve" the past. In the section on the Sphinx and [...]


    4. Stille takes the reader to eleven locations/cultures and explains how the past (oral/written history, monuments, etc.) is perceived, evaluated, and managed in the information age. The topics he chooses to cover are interesting and he explores them with great detail, covering several sides of every issue. Stille's journalistic writing style is great, but it can take getting used to- it sometimes feels like you are reading a book-length Time magazine article. Some of the information is now dated ( [...]


    5. Strong recommend for this collection of in depth pieces examining various aspects of our past (languages, cultures, architectural treasures, animal species, documents etc.)which are threatened in one fashion or another by modern life. Carefully researched and beautifully written.


    6. I really enjoyed this book. For although he Stille is considering mainly those things of antiquity, he also looked at environmental treasures. There maybe a few glitches in data, but over all it is well researched.


    7. This was just a great read for someone like me interested in history and the preservation of artefacts etc.Stille really explains the precarious nature of preserving the past so well that what may look a very 'dry' book, is in fact very entertaining in its own way




    8. Excellent book about the loss of historical education in the modern world. The chapter on Father Reginald Foster ("Living with a Dead Language") is especially inspiring.




    9. Read in 2003. Yet still, every once in awhile I re-read some pages as a reminder of how good writing is written.


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