". . . 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

Monday, October 22, 2012

[Nedslist] Between Piety and Desire download / Roulette Oct. 23

CDs exist! We are now in a post-Kiss You Down South world.

I've uploaded an mp3 of one of the songs on the album -- "Between Piety and Desire" (which was pretty much the theme song of my book The Year Before the Flood) -- as a [nedslist] exclusive, available right here.

Tell your friends about our show! This is the obligatory day-before reminder that I'm playing my only NYC solo concert of the year tomorrow (Tuesday) at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, convenient to the trains, in Brooklyn. The page for the concert on Roulette's website is here.

National Geographic's world music site has a nice piece about the album and concert.

Besides concert merch and mail order (, and soon from CD Baby), the tracks will be available on iTunes and other download services. But those are mp3s, and when you buy a CD, you get those lovely uncompressed *.wav files.

Press and radio people: contact me for material.

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