". . . 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 28, 2009

The Wire / David Simon in Britain

Interview and story about Simon and The Wire in the U.K. Guardian here.

The take away:

The key principle of Simon's storytelling was encapsulated in a
remark that caused raised eyebrowswhen he uttered it, late last year, on
BBC2's Culture Show: "Fuck the average viewer."

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