First Principles of a History of The Mundane

  1. A history of the mundane is different from a diary in that it seeks to refer only to experiences that most every person has on ordinary days. Suddenly getting hit with the smell of someone doing their laundry would be an example of such an experience. Experiencing the death of a parent would not.
  2. A history of the mundane differs from a novel in that it seeks to preserve the private life of its characters, rather than drawing them out.
  3. A history of the mundane has events but doesn’t attempt to organize them into a plot, and doesn’t concede, without resistance, to the existence of non-mundane or dramatic events.
  4. To the extent The History is a poem, it takes no interest in language or sentiment.
  5. To the extent it is a sitcom, it dwells on the unentertaining or boring, as if in search of the essence of those qualities.
  6. To the extent it is a work of Advanced Physics: only irreproducible experiments are allowed. Only total chaos in nature is assumed.
  7. Above all, the attempt is to reveal what is going on when there is nothing going on — example, Chance Sweepings.

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