". . . 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

Sunday, March 24, 2013


This black-and-white Spanish film, Blancanieves (2012) sets the Snow White fairy tale within the bullfighting milieu of 1920's Seville.  Blancanieves is the matador.  The film opens in NYC on March 29th. I am looking forward to this!

Warning: this trailer begins with a cosmetic commercial that contains a chameleon and brilliant colors.

There is flamenco, there are six (not seven) matador dwarves, and a ... dirigible.

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