". . . 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

Sunday, July 12, 2009

NY Times Review of How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n Roll

Unlike so many of the NY Times Sunday book reviewers this one, by a NY Times music staff writer, is fair and balanced -- and it is positive too, as well as fun to read. The writer isn't grinding any axes on either his own or the paper's neocon editors' behalf. But then, this is only a history of popular music, not about, say, a city the neocons have done their best to destroy.

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