". . . 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

Saturday, September 29, 2012

An Egyptologist Friend In Mind

We moved to Bloomsbury (the Grange Holborn Hotel) the day before yesterday.
Ancient Egypt is a strong motif for Bloomsbury: even the motif of our hotel is supposed to be in the flavor of ancient Egypt. The British Museum provides the signature, with so much area given over to the matter, including an entire Museum Court shop. There is the Egyptian Archeology Museum, among many other institutions here that if not wholly concerned with ancient Egypt, include it among the subjects of their mission.

In the meantime, with us doing our personal explorations during the day, and then moving directly to join the Company, the reason we're here at all, and after the performance socializing over dinner with London friends, there's not been time to catch up on my notes*.

Today our personal explorations are going to concentrate on major tourism areas, Charing Cross and the Strand, wherein is located, among other famously, constantly referred sites in English literature and history, Covent Gardens. My call.

I really like London**.
* Not that this matters, except to me -- but fortunately I'm really good at writing in that moleskine (will need a new one by the time we get home again, to be ready for New Orleans).

** This is the first vacation I've been on in years, so that might be why I like London so much -- except -- el V's also likes London very much, and he is not on vacation, but working constantly, except when taking a few hours to play with me.

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