". . . 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

Friday, July 15, 2011

Last Night We Had the Moon for an Appetizer

An enormous red and yellow gold fatly full globe hanging behind the roof water tower on the corner of Broome and Mercer.  Behind our backs, in the west, the sky continued to glow with the last of the setting sun.  We went home then, to the main course of our dinner.

Class begins on Monday, from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Those will be long days.  The last class days is 8/18.  So, we're now officially taking a break from everything productive until Monday -- well, almost, anyway.

Perfect summer reading includes books we've had no time to read so far this year or even last spring and summer:

Keef's Life  It is making el V laugh out loud, prolongedly (word?), frequently.  I have season 3 of the marvelously sensational Glenn Close series, Damages, to watch on dvd, some fantasy novels, including Wolfsangel by M.D. Lachlan (2011 - Pyr).  There is a lot of music this weekend here in NYC.  Now I'm looking for which books to stack up for the next month's subway riding escape reading.


T. Clear said...

I really need to start reading again. I've been off it these past three months; too distracted.

Hoping for things to settle down soon.


Foxessa said...

It's really hard to read in such conditions, as knows everyone who has, alas, been there ....

Tom Zé is in town this coming week from Brasil; so at el V's rec the sponsoring venue brought in a friend of ours from Tulane who specializes in that Brasilian era of politics and music to give the presentation talk on the musician. He's coming in today, with the entire family. Busy times!

Love, C,