The trouble with history

“This is the trouble with history. You can’t see what’s not there. You can look at an empty space and see that something is missing, but there’s no way to know what it was.” Don’t worry, I’m still reading The Power by Naomi Alderman. I find I’m happiest when I’m reading more than one book at a time, so I do. Lately, I’ve also been experimenting with reading across more than one format at a time. The Power is my current Kindle book. In addition to reading before bed, this means I can also sneak in some reading while nursing my baby.

This is the trouble with history. You can’t see what’s not there. You can look at an empty space and see that something is missing, but there’s no way to know what it was

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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