". . . 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

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Errol LaBorde -- Interview With NS Tomorrow

For Errol Laborde's morning radio program re the impact on the culture of the Gulf, of the BP Oil Blowout Crime.  Because Errol's very familiar with V.'s view of history and culture in terms of the Gulf \ Caribbean, as described in The World That Made New Orleans and The Year Before the Flood.  He's been to a lot of V.'s presentations on various aspects of this.

If you all aren't familiar with Errol Laborde you can learn more.  He's also the editor of New Orleans Magazine.

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