". . . 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

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Kate and Constance Talk: With Each Other

Up now on DeepGenre is a conversation about war, slavery and women between Kate Elliott and Constance Ash, conducted while Constance was reading Kate's new novel, Shadow Gate.

You can participate too, by going here.

Happy May Day!

Workers of the world, unite!


Foxessa said...

Serendipitously, an article about Ursula Le Guin's latest work, Lavinia, is up on salondotcom.

Ursula Le Guin is one of the great sf/f writers, responsible for a general opening of the field to perspectives not much found in it prior: those of women and other of the humbler classes of a society, a non-glorification of war, the essentials of community for a healthy culture overall.

IOW, what the two writers are talking about in their coversation up on DeepGenre, is also what Le Guin's been talking about for decades, and distills again, into a new old bottle, as she re-imagines the the imagined world of Virgil's Aeneid, and its imaginary characters.

Love, C.

Graeme said...

Happy May Day!

Renegade Eye said...

Mayday Greetings