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This Book Said The Past Ain’t Through With Us

Yesterday, I watched the second half of Magnolia, started the evening before.  I've watched it dozens of times, and it's gone from "meh" to my top two favorite PT Anderson films.  There's a quote heard throughout, and the last line for narrator Ricky Jay:

And the book says, "We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us."

In what "book" does this quote appear?  After finding a clue on an archived thread that linked to a dead page that I found through the Wayback Machine that turned out to be a fake autobiography of one of the dead site's editorial staff-- well, I found it in an essay:

Bergen Evans: A Natural History Of Nonsense: First Chapter, First Sentence.

Bergen Evans: The Natural History of Nonsense

The full text of "The Natural History of Nonsense" is available from a personal page on the history of Cape Cod.  The book itself is by renowned lexicographer Bergen Evans and concerns superstition in modern times.  I think I'll buy it.  Someday.


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  1. Gosh, I wish I would have had that inomrfation earlier!

  2. Hey, I wondered, too, what book was being referenced. The quote sounds like something a great philosopher or writer of fiction would say.

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