". . . 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

Monday, August 22, 2011


The things one learns in the dead time of flying, such as Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to television, in this series. She plays two identical twin sisters, both of them on the run from bad guys. No slayage evidently, but death is there. It's weird looking at the trailers -- she looks exactly like Buffy of the last two BTVS seasons. Exactly. All her mannerisms are exactly the same, her enunciation is the same, and Bridget - Siobhan even in the trailers already, repeat Buffy's most often spoken words, "I don't understand," "I understand," "I don't know," and she's playing two characters, one of which is impersonating the other -- shades of the Faith - Buffy conflict. Sadly, the trailers give the impression of dreary rather than vivacious, grim rather than snappy.

There are also two, not one, series that are based on fairy tales. One is called Once Upon a Time, and the other is titled Grimm. I did know about The Secret Circle (based on the YA novels of L.J. Smith, who has already gifted us with The Vampire Diaries set in a Virginia town founded during the Civil War by Salem witches or something like that, populated with the most pretty people you have ever seen) as there have been posters and billboards all summer trumpeting its fall arrival all over the town and subway walls. No sounds of silence in the Big Apple anymore!

I want a new genre, one that isn't about mystical or mundane cops or detectives, any supernatural or super-powered figures, a genre that isn't fantasy or sf or horror. Or at least a really good western?

The weather here in NYC is gorgeous, so different from down there -- but down there is more than great in itself.  Except one is anxious concerning Hurricane Irene.

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