". . . 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, September 6, 2012

Toulouse Street

On the blog, Toulouse Street, the writer mentions:

The Young Leadership Council’s One Book One New Orleans pick for the fall is Ned Sublette’s The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, by Ned Sublette.
The web site is down but you already own this one, don’t you? Really? Well, all the local indie bookstores are open and you have no excuse not to grab a copy. More details on the YLC’s annual project to get an entire city reading and talking about the same book when they get their website back up.

So evidently the announcement has gone out, so I feel free to bring it up.  El V's pleased and humbled that The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, to be the title chosen this year by the Young Leadership Council's One Book One New Orleans.  We're really looking forward to being in New Orleans next month in connection with whatever has been planned (one would think that Isaac's plays havoc with all that as well as everything else -- a hurricane's damage hits all areas of life,  from refrigerators filled with rotting food, to event planning).  And seeing friends!

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