". . . 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, March 4, 2014

All On A Mardi Gras Day!

The wheel has come around as it does every year to Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday in English.  And a frigid Fat Tuesday it is, all down the country here.

It’s not nice there either.  Our friends are saying the weather’s awful and this isn’t going to be even a good Mardi Gras, much less a great one.  But that the thing with Mardi Gras: you can depend on Mardi Gras – it will be back next year and the probabilities are next year’s Mardi Gras will be good, and there’s always the chance of Great!

It’s hard to believe we’re heading off to New Orleans very soon, but we are, just not for Mardi Gras.  We'll be breaking out some of the subject matter from The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-breeding Industry, at Metairie  Country Park Day School. The event is open to the public and without admission.

But today, here, instead we are going to the Whitney Biennial Reception -- as part of this Biennial's program, el V will be performing in Robert Ashley's  Las Vidas Perfectas -- and then to Le Poison Rouge's benefit Mardi Gras, for the Lower East Side Girls' Club, with Steve Buscemi as Mardi Gras King.

Hey -- all you NO amigos and amigas -- may you all catch a Zulu Coconut!

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