I “object to the sugary good taste that seems to me to dominate historical writing, at least in America" and experiment with art to redefine printed historical scholarship while remaining true to my training as a historian. I want my art to tell a story about the past but with all the documentation and precision of historical scholarship.
Footnotes “bring tension to the page of history. The real life of the page depends on that tension between footnote and text; and at best, I think, it is apparent, taut, and complicated.”
Robert Brentano, “Bishops and Saints,” in Two Churches: England and Italy in the Thirteenth Century (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1968; Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1988), pp. 353 and 375.