[ilds] hyphens and posts...

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Tue Jul 10 17:43:13 PDT 2007

I am a detective.  I ask questions.  I collect information.  I read 
books and I scour archives.  I find that what I learn in books and 
archives is all the better illuminated for the shoe leather I have 
expended on incredibly pragmatic and concrete things.  I visit places, 
speak to people, I form views on the basis of the material I collect.  
Often the material overturns what I had expected, overturns some 
previous point of view.  If I found something like postcolonial theory 
or some other theory or ism remotely helpful to my endeavours I would 
use it.  In fact I find it gets in the way of learning and doing.  
Quite honestly in all the years that I have looked through publications 
like Deus Loci I have found almost nothing in it that is worthwhile.  
It is mostly hot air.  What I like is when someone who was there can 
remember such and such; that really does have value.  The rest is a 
waste of time.


On Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at 12:29  am, James Gifford wrote:

>> Questions explore.  Postcolonial theory imposes
>> answers; it is a catechism which serves to
>> instil an ideology.
>> :Michael
> I hear an "amen" implicit in the place of your signature...  And where
> are your questions or explorations of postcolonial theory?  Perhaps 
> we'd
> be better served by asking about how those questions (or some suggested
> answers) work with _Bitter Lemons_?  That discussion would certainly be
> categorized by the bibliographer as "postcolonial," but I'd rather
> pragmatically turn to a discussion that might yield fruit.  Without a
> warrant, a point of shared interests or values, bold statements
> communicate virtually nothing.

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