". . . 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

Saturday, March 22, 2008

More - Ishmael Reed

The second part of the interview with Ishmael Reed went up on Counterpunch a while ago.

He describes in greater detail his objection to a 'certain sort of feminist,' feuds of his earlier years with other intellectuals and writers with whom he remains on friendly and companionable terms, and his objections to The Wire, and Simon.

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