Once, while we were both in college, I went to visit my best friend from high school at Princeton University. As we were looking at a Calder, Scott told me he had heard that two workers had died during the installation of the sculpture.
My grandfather collected miniature books. Unfortunately, due to a stroke that robbed him of most of his speech before I was born and family tensions with his second wife, I never got to talk to him about his collection.
Scholars feel like they need distance from a topic in order to work on it. But is it possible to be too far removed?