". . . 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, January 21, 2013

Watching the Inauguration

Streaming, on Democracy Now.

They've just shot off the cannons, so that we're in no doubt what any of this is really about.

The colors the first lady and daughters are wearing are all my own favorite colors -- though not for me to wear, of course, unless it's high summer, I am very tan, and in the Caribbean.

ETA commentary from P, a musician-composer amigo: "The Constitution does not protect melismas."

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