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Those who have tried to think about contemporariness have able to do so only by splitting it up into several times, by introducing into time an essential dishomogeneity. Those who say “my time” actually divide time — they inscribe into it a caesura and a discontinuity. But precisely by means of this caesura, this interpolation of the present into the inert homogeneity of linear time, the contemporary puts to work a special relationship between the different times. If, as we have seen, it is the contemporary who has broken the vertebrae of his time (or, at any rate, who has perceived in it a fault line or breaking point), then he also makes of this fracture a meeting place, or an encounter between times and generations. –Agamben, Giorgio. What is an Apparatus? p52.

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