". . . 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

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Flights to Cuba -- New Orleans WANTS Them

From Mayor Nagin's final state of the city address:

[ "Further, Nagin said Louis Armstrong International Airport officials are "aggressively pursuing direct flights to Cuba" and are in talks with a major airline about become a hub for direct flights to more Central and South American destinations." ]

Though he's universally reviled, we seem to have a soft spot for this mayor over here in Fox Home. He was in absolute crisis with no tools and his arms and legs both cut off.

1 comment:

K. said...

Have you read The Great Deluge? Douglas Brinkley all but calls Nagin a coward, and an inept one in the bargain. He's just about as tough on Chertoff and Bush, but sympathetic to Blanco.