". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Has come round again.

In observance, thereof, then, I recommend to you this book, which I have just obtained myself after a prolonged wait:

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodward.

Now, myself am no drivilswinger, but there are sea of lubber scallywag squiffeys I'd hoist a jug of bumboo to see dance the hempen jig. By the powers first they best be keelhauled, then given a round with the cat o' nine tails!

Yo ho ho y'all!

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