". . . 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, August 29, 2013

We Remember

The tables on the sidewalks outside the restaurants are as crowded with people from other places paying no mind to anything today as they were in 2005. The weather's nice today too as it was in 2005.

We have so many images. in our minds's eyes. We have so many stories from so many people.  So many personal photos in the aftermath. All those pictures and footage that rolled around the globe, are available to everyone.

I am not putting up images today. It's in my heart and my guts.

It's still personal, though not as personal as for thousands.

Here we've got 9/11 and Sandy anniversaries coming soon.

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