'The present tense lends itself to comedy. The past is foregone and naturally melancholic.'
--The future...? Is an exercise in absolute omniscience: a willful, hubristic beating down of anxiety-generating uncertainty by a pointed grammatical (syntactic?) tactic:
'Max & Mimi were going to die-- of course. At some poignant moment they would know when, but when their paths crossed Herrn Doktor Fehler's that blustery Berlin evening, they were not yet privy to the fatal insight...'
(I believe I remember Milan Kundera having used this kind of omniscience & future tense-- in 'Life is Elsewhere'? Or 'The Book of Laughter & Forgetting'?)
You may laugh, but...I forget. Just as I have forgotten where my convictions of a well-lived life were mislaid. --