". . . 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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What I Started

Forcing el V to buy shirts yesterday seems to have triggered something.

He had a layover in the Shannon Airport.

 One of this morning's e-mails told me:

still in shannon . . . had a heart-attack breakfast.
stopped at the aran sweater market and bought a bulky wool sweater.
needed a sweater.
and got you a pair of knitted socks and a "celtic" scarf.

Yay!  He bought himself a sweater!  Who would have thought such a thing a mere 24 hours ago?

 Color yours truly astounded!

Especially as he's always insisted he cannot wear anything made of wool.

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