". . . 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, November 8, 2008

Delusional Dreams

Can anyone explain why the studio powers came up with the most stupid title ever for a Bond flick? Really. What idea can you get from Quantum of Solace? The Brits aren't liking the movie either very much. A Bond seeking 'closure' evidently is a departure far too far from the Bond that all know and love. He doesn't even bonk anybody, it is said.

Now in the endless state of being sick we've progressed to endless coughing, so sleep is a few minutes at a time. In one of those dozing hiatuses from coughing I dreamed that McCain was running with Cheney as his running mate and they were an out gay couple, running on a GLTGBI platform. It beat the nightmares in which bush&co were raping me or bombing me, I guess.

My nightmares weigh nothing in balance of the nightmares for so many that began so long ago thanks to the vicious bush&co -- 20,000 muslims just disappeared around the world. Their families have no idea where they are, or what happened to them. How is Obama going to take this on, Robert Fisk asks, in the Independent. Will he? Is there will to deal with this?


Frank Partisan said...

Bond without Ian Fleming, is a lost. It just isn't right.

The movie you must see is "Slumdog Millionaire." I saw it with Graeme. "City of God" meets Bollywood. Well acted, good story.

I never heard the 20,000 number before.

Foxessa said...

Fisk always knows.

I saw your review for Slumdog Millionaire. I probably will see it.

Currently I'm reading Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies which is slave ships (and a lone freeman from the U.S.) meet India, the opium wars, the beginning of the end of the East India Company, China, Lascar 'creole' and much other mashup of culture and history in the 1830's. This is the first volume of a projected 3.

Love, C.