". . . 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

Monday, February 2, 2009

Premier Dardos Award -- Do I Understand?

I'm terrible at things like this, which is one of the reasons memes don't much appeal to me. But I'll try to give this a shot, as it was Citizen K who put me to this.

This is the Dardos Award:

The Premier Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical,
literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original
writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting
fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for
work that adds value to the Web.

The rules:

  • Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
  • Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

Gotham City Soul is chosen because she's a good friend, a good writer and editor and always has interesting and worthwhile material, usually about New York City and / or history, beautifully organized. She also illustrates her blog pertinently.

The Angry Black Woman provides a space for the thankless task of attempting to help the clueless understand what racism is like from the perspective of one who lives with it every day, and yet is not bitter nor a hater, just, sometimes, very tired.

Asking the Wrong Questions is written by a well-traveled Israeli, with an excellent critical mind that she applies to media and print genre.

Caterpillars to Butterflies is written with passion, compassion, generosity and wisdom about performing some of the most exhausting work in the world, helping those who are at the extremity where they cannot help themselves.

Dakota Women is an aggregator blog of news and issues concerning women, and women of the Great Plains in particular. The Dakotas aren't thought about very often, and the women who live there aren't among the trendy groups that people on the Coasts often like to be involved with, to 'help.' But they are the women from whom I spring, and I admire them, and their capacities, immensely.

Hmmm. It seems I've chosen all women!


K. said...

I will check them all out. What's with the new book?

Foxessa said...

You mean The Year Before the Flood?

Comes out in August.

Still working on the photo insert. Editor been out of the office on vacation for the last 10 days or so.

Was just told the publisher will have a presence at the Book Expo, which in in NYC this year, and wants el Vaquero to be there.

Love, C.

Molly The Dog said...

Foxessa, I am honored to receive this award from you. I'm glad there are people who think these stories about such a fragile population are important. The words you used to describe the way I write are beyond flattering. Thank you.

I'm new at this and will wait a bit before I pass on this award to other bloggers.

Foxessa said...

Molly, I find such memes difficult to deal with myself, as well as time-consuming! Like chain letters I almost always ignore them

You are in no way obligated to do anything with this, I believe. Besides you do real good for real people every day, which is what matters.


Love, C.