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Which way to look?

Janus, the two-headed god of doorways, and of the New Year.

Nostalgia is an under-rated force in history: time goes forward, but people often flee backwards, from crisis and complexity to imagined simplicity and purity. The past can be another country, but it can also be a homeland.

Arabs (Yale, 2019), p289

Tim Mackintosh-Smith writing about Arabs in the early ninth century; seems a very relevant thought for New Year’s Day. Particularly this year?

Great book, too.

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