". . . 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, October 10, 2008

This Is Happy, This Is For Dancing, This is Obámonos

Put on your dancing shoes, turn on your speakers.

Amigo José Conde, who is quite a good singer, has made a video for his tune "Respóndele a Obama," a charming salsa number aimed at motivating latinos to vote. The best line:

"hasta mi madre republicana está votando por obama"

Tell your Florida amigos.


K. said...

What a great video! I'm going to cross-post it!

It's beautiful here, too. Indian summers are really special, no?

With the release of Bootleg Series, Vol. 8, I've been immersed in late period Dylan. He's been as productive in the last 20 years as any time in his career. It's arguably his longest period of sustained excellence.

Frank Partisan said...

I think the Cuban gusano movement, is dying. I'm sure florida will repeat itself as farce.