". . . 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, March 21, 2009

Town & Country

1 comment:

Foxessa said...

Nothing like the thrill of entering a bookstore and seeing that your book is at the cashier and being bought by a customer. This happened not just once, but twice with The World That Made New Orleans.

Books re-ordered asap. Book stores concerned that they are running out and can't get it -- "Did you know that TWTMNO was sold out from your publisher? It seems they re-printed, and we just got our copies, please sign."

Walking on the streets, and people running up who have met you before and telling you about how much they love the book.

Vaquero's happy. How not? :)

Love, C.