". . . 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

Saturday, April 17, 2010

HBO *Treme* -- My Hair Stylist Loved It!

My hair stylist saw "Do You Know What It Means," and loved it. This is the first response I've heard from someone not connected to New Orleans in some way.

Her 17-year-old son is a rabidly passionate musician (guitar), so she spends enormous amounts of her very small amount of time not at her shop, ferrying him to music gigs, standing quietly in the background as he meets professional musicians, etc. He's mad for Brasilian music. But at this stage he love it all.  He's been pestering her for years to take him to New Orleans.

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