". . . 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, July 2, 2008

New Orleans Reading

Willie Nelson: An Epic Life by Joe Nick Patoski

Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America by Mark Perry

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by President and General Grant himself

Joe Nick tells us that he's got Vaquero in the last chapter of his Willie Nelson bio. It feels a wicked pleasure, to bring Grant to NO., which has no streets named for him.

Next week -- the Big Guy's birthday and New Orleans.


Foxessa said...

I believe it is safe to observe that NS is the only person I know to be in a book about Sonic Youth AND a biography of Willie Nelson.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

K -- I haven't read it yet, so I have no opinion.

Love, C.