The Historian’s Problem

“It’s a semi-true story
Believe it or not
I made up a few things
And there’s some I forgot.
But the life and the tellin’
Are both real to me
And they run like the rain
All the way to the sea.”

— Jimmy Buffett, Semi-True Story


3 responses to “The Historian’s Problem

  1. “It’s the truth, even if it didn’t happen.” –Chief Bromden, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST


  2. Ah, yes, more words of wisdom from the King of the Parrotheads! Also, let’s not forget my personal favorite description of the “Historian’s Problem”: “If it’s not true, it should be. . . .”


  3. Lyrics good enough to get the next Nobel. Also my idea of `creative history’, or at least one’s personal past. Another reason for us to record the stories of others and submit them to Oral History projects.


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