Why is our culture so obsessed with serial murders and killers?
Biography having lies in it
o Any bio or history told will be arbitrary at some point, complete or total
biography isn’t possible
o Any history will contain fiction because it is shaped
Nicholas Dire builds several churches. He is blurred and he blurs fiction and fact
Fictionalized two times: 18 and 20 century
Is a mixture of fiction and fact asking how do we know what is real?
There are hidden, secret, occult histories that have been marginalized and defaced
What this novel says about the individual subject, at one level, the individual is
incomplete and only completed centuries from now. Part of you that is being born
now as life is progressing. You live in two times simultaneously.
Asking us to think about time and trauma
o An exaggeration of the idea of trauma
o We must think carefully what trauma is and does to the subject
Ackroyd is obsessed with London
o Interested in the layers of historical moments and sights archival city
because it contains history
o Deeply hidden aspect of London – city of crypts
o Places that are hard to find