". . . 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

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bogotá With Tractor

Vaquero is having a wonderful time. Being away from our own national media insanity is deeply soothing to the nerves. He's in a luxury hotel and being taken very good care of. If I understand this correctly, tonight he's supposed to perform with what isn't really the Buena Vista Social Club, as so many died, but then, the first Buena Vista Social Club was a fairy tale concoction, and not anything like a cojunto of any form of traditional Cuban music anyway. But the singer with them now is a very long time amigo, so there ya go. It's just so funny, considering.

1 comment:

Frank Partisan said...

Really cool.

I was going to post an assessment of Colombia. It was really long even for my blog, and in three parts. I'll send it to you as an attachment. It centers around Chavez's call for FARC to disarm.