Want to Write for Posterity???

What if they’re dumb or interested in trivial things?
What if they only like 21st century kitsch that feels quaint?
Why play into that condescension?
Horace wanted to make a monument “aere perrenius” — more lasting than brass.
But he also said ” odi profanum vulgus et arceo”– I loathe the uninitiate mob and push them away from me.
But who did he think would be around to read his stuff in 2000 years if not the uninitiate mob?!
Inconsistent Horace!


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