". . . 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

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

George Pelecanos on Obama and new HBO series “Treme”

At Wall Street Journal blogs.


K. said...

I hope The Way Home is better than his last one, which I thought was not up to his usual standards.

Foxessa said...

I've never read any of his books. They don't appeal to me.

Whereas I've read all of Richard Price, for instance. I confess though to not finishing his latest, Lush Life for the reasons of boredom!

Love, C.

K. said...

I like Price's writing but with the exception of The Wanderers, he badly needs a strong editorial hand. Freedomland just went on and on and on. Clockers was tighter, although I liked the movie better. I thought the film was one of the most underrated movies of the 90s.