". . . 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, May 11, 2012


Which is where el V is currently.  From Thursday's da List, el V wrote:

" ....where I'll be singing and playing Friday night with Houston's CHangoman (that's not a typo) and my old buddy Robert Aaron, in short dance sets set off by new fave DJ, Gracie Chavez. Up till now "Ghost Riders in the Sky" has been a merengue, but it's about to be a cumbia, which, along with cha-cha-chá and striptease, will be the evening's operative genre. If you want to know more, e-mail me. I'm all pumped about it, even though it means I'm going to miss a killer weekend of music in New York. " 
This is the event.

More here.

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