". . . 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, August 18, 2010

Living The Scholar's Life

The library that was to be moved into our C'Town House this summer belonged to this scholar, J.A. Leo Lemay, Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Professor of English, who died in 2008. He is best known for his work with Benjamin Franklin.

The workmen are still building the bookshelves for The House, for this collection. Imagine, living with this!  I mean the collection. The bookshelves will be installed the first weekend we're away.

I've been e-mailed an itemized list of what the house has in terms of kitchen, cleaning, bathroom and so on necessities. It's pretty complete.

What we are advised to bring with us are: sheets, blankets, towels, radio, stereo, telephone, hangers, teapot, favorite kitchenware such as scissors, etc. I queried speficially about all these things. There is even a toolbox -- I asked about hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.

I've been exporting my e-ddress book to my various online e-mail venues, in preparation for sending out the (temporary) change of address, and adding Microsoft Live for the new e-mail manager.


K. said...
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K. said...

Bring a teapot but not a coffeemaker?

Some years ago in Ireland, I bought a blue ceramic teapot. The next year, I bought another. Somehow, it got out of control and -- though I know little about teapots and less about ceramics -- I wound up with a collection of blue ceramic Irish teapots. I'll send you a picture.

Foxessa said...

Been doing data migration and related digital tasks non-stop today.

My head feels like it want to explode.

This is some of the most exhausting kind of activity for some reason.

I still have to compose the e-mail for our address changed and pertinent infor for the next 10 months.

We're moving a week from Saturday.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

On the itemized list of the kitchen equipment is a coffeemaker.

Thus I know I don't need to bring the coffee thing but I do need to bring a teapot, and tea filter thingies and so on. Very useful, to have an itemized list and someone one may query.

Love, C.

T. Clear said...

I'm looking forward to the tales of the new (temporary) place....

Foxessa said...

It will be a busy, busy, busy, and hopefully equally productive, period!

We are much looking forward to being there, and escaping the hordes of tourists here. Within the first half of this year, mayor Mike told us, something 47 or was it 49? million tourists came to NYC.

Love, C.

K. said...

And just think of how many will come to gawk at the mo-, community center. See? Islam is good for business!