". . . 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, June 18, 2009


[ The World That Made New Orleans by Ned Sublette (9781556527302-CL/9781556529580-PB) has been awarded the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for 2008. This award, voted on by the local independent booksellers, goes to the booksellers favorite book of the year. ]


Premium T. said...

This is fantastic! (But it deserved the National Book Award also.)

Foxessa said...

Naturally, I agree! :)

Love, C.