“The past was in them”

The past was in them, still disturbing but no longer a governing history; the trauma strengthened the convictions they possessed about how now to lead their lives.

Richard Sennett, calling up Freud (pdf) in writing about people’s experiences of Cabrini Green, a public housing project in Chicago.

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Man of letters & numbers; also occasionally of action. Husband to NTW. Dad of three. Friendly geek.

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