". . . 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 1, 2012

Pasta Espaldarazo + Angola

Me, tonight, achieved the perfection of seasonal pasta.


This is an achievement, considering the four-part History of Angola: Political, Cultural and Spiritual radio epic rules our life. 

El V is doing nothing but this, plus all the supporting content materials too.

The first program is recorded on Tuesday and airs soon after.

The programs should be finished before we leave on the 21st. This is hard hard hard work  But he's loving it passionately, no matter how draining it is.  That he can do this epic signifies a huge leap in his life's work. This is who he is: bringing together music with history and culture, history and culture that is part of this nation and all the New World's history and culture, returning to the source and root.

Nevertheless our personal culture was not neglected, our personal culture in which Saturday night pasta has a huge place.  As well as Phil Schaap on WKCR, Traditions in Swing -- which is, of course, this long weekend, Louis Armstrong.

Sometimes life is so good -- all the same elements that make for one's life's goodness coming together all at once at the same time.  This was the case when it came to dinner this Saturday night -- as is the case so many Saturday nights for us because we are among the world's most fortunate persons.  And we are deeply grateful. 


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