". . . 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

Friday, April 17, 2009

Vaquero Interview Tonight KRIO Radio, 5 PM - Seattle

It's the annual Experience Music Project conference on pop music in Seattle. For a variety of reasons (all logistical, not personal), Vaquero decided it was best not to attend this year.

However, EMP insisted he be a presence somehow, so they arranged for this interview tonight on KRIO Radio, 5 PM Seattle time, so at least his voice can be heard. The subject of the interview is the forthcoming book, The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans (August, 2009).

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