". . . 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

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Symptomatic Relief: *Scandal*, Season 2

I can't focus on a page, so no reading.

Nothing appealed either to watch streaming or out of my personal dvd collection.

Then -- I remembered: Scandal, season 2, available on Hulu.

Scandal's perfect for my entirely limited comprehension processing system. Entirely implausible, entirely silly, nevertheless engaging, on an entirely superficial level. Though -- the way Prez Fitz stalks Olivia, and flaunts their affair in front of his secret service agents -- I'm liking him less and less, and I never liked him to start with. What a big baby he is. Well, he is a politician, and a gopper. How are we supposed to believe that Olivia would have anything ever to do with a fatuous and mean dope like him in the first place -- and a Republican!

No more snow, but raining hard, and blowing hard.

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