". . . 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, January 17, 2013

And Last Night's Nightmare

El V's strangled yells woke me. He was very deep. "Help! Help" finally burst out, before I could get him awake.

A pirate of the Caribbean was breaking through the sliding glass doors to steal el V's electric Strat. He wanted el V's because his own electric guitar, hanging from his shoulder, "a turquoise piece of shit.

"It took me a long time to get back to sleep after that," el V said this AM. "I felt like such a tool for having had such a stupid nightmare. Man, the vodoun dudes would just laugh at me. Dreams have meaning, they're from the other world, and this is what the other world is telling me? That a stupid guy from the stupid 17th century wants to steal my electric guitar? What he'd really want is my Ramirez!"

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