". . . 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, August 3, 2010

Kind Of Overwhelmed

With the ever worse news out of the Gulf, all that has to be accomplished here before going there, i.e. C'town.  I find myself wishing we were there already -- so tired am I have of my neighborhoods in which you can't walk anywhere anymore because of the density of out-of-towners, out-of-neighborhooders, tourists, etc.  It's just farkin' miserable.  I have these fantasies of this small, picturesque town, with so few people around, if only because it is a car culture and nobody walks.  While, I, on the other hand, living so close to the river, can walk there easily whenever I want to.

AND, far more cheering, on my other tail -- it is certain, as far as these things can be, that M and her daughter are arriving at JFK tomorrow!

Do not forget, it's not only the Louis Armstrong festival in New Orleans, but the second celebration of Pops' birthday starts at midnight, edst here on the east coast, on WKCR Radio out of Columbia University.


K. said...

Such a relief that your friend and her child are coming home. What a nightmare that's been.

Foxessa said...

The nightmare isn't ours, but that of M, K and Mz. Though M coming to protect and defend K, even unto living on the streets, which at times they have had to do, due to circumstances of the devastated area, and the continuing aftershocks, and being targeted for various criminal actions from kidnapping to rape -- gotta say, that woman is beyond admirable.

Love, C.