". . . 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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

las aventuras de la casa

Making cold brewed coffee.  I have done so, with not as much mess as there might be. Next batch will appear more smoothly and with less mess. For one thing the beans are now on hand. For my first foray into cold brewing coffee the first step was to Bleecker Street and Porto Rico Coffees to get a pound of the right beans. I also had them grind a half a pound themselves since I wanted to make a large batch and the home grinder only grinds at most enough for two cups.  Those grounds to sieve and strain -- it is a messy business.  It wouldn't be as messy probably, in a real kitchen with a stainless steel deep double sink.  Nevertheless, I persisted. El V has announced the product to be delicious.

Now it remains to learn how strong the concentrate is. How much dilution?  El V takes his coffee very strong ... if I have to scrape him off the ceiling at ten PM he will not have diluted it with enough milk and cubes.  But then, he's going to the dentist in an hour, and that is a huge disruption in the normality of the day, so perhaps today's effects will be affected.

In further capers, this Saturday, July 13, el V is going to moderate a debate between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. It is rumored, that, as this is the single subject upon which both gentlemen are in agreement, there shall be much fault found of Thomas Jefferson; otherwise, Hamilton supporters promise to be present in massive numbers ....

The Burr-Hamilton Duo

Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 12:30 pm
Kurt Thometz and Jimmy Napoli
will be representing Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in a dialog on their common interests in
Thomas Jefferson, Federalism, Civil Rights, Women, Slander, Sedition and Treason, amongst other things.
Join us in a thrilling and fun-filled excavation of some Harlem Heights History.
Morris-Jumel Mansion
61 Jumel Terrace
New York, New York 10032
FREE with Museum Admission

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By Car – Up St. Nicholas Avenue to 160th Street, turn right one block or down Broadway to 160th, turn left to between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues.
By Madison Ave. Bus – M2 to 160nd St & Edgecombe Avenue, M3 to 160th & Amsterdam.
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Craig said...

My Civil War ancestor spent two weeks at McIntosh Bluff where Burr was arrested more than half a century earlier. He caught his fatal illness there.

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