". . . 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, February 14, 2009


It was lovely to wake up this morning to an in-box filled with wise thought, pretties and fun. Many thanks to those who thought of me today. That you did is deeply appreciated. This is one of my favorite holidays.

Valentine's Day question: What work of English Literature has its plot driven by a Valentine? Hint -- It was published in 1874.

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