". . . 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

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy First Day of Winter

It's the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.  Here we are, in the north of the mid-Atlantic, and it's 60 feakin' degrees.  On the first day of winter.  What is wrong with this?  Mi hermana in Colorado, on the other hand, has already shoveled over 30 inches of snow this seasons and is not happy about it.

Still, it's spooky out there, this first day of winter, dark and overcast, and 60 degrees.

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