". . . 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, March 12, 2014

We Are Here

This trip has started out at such a high point, to where can it continue?

Picked up by a fellow historian, and the sponsor of tonight's gig.  Fantastic conversation all the way to Our Hostess's home.  New fantastic conversation with Hostess -- let us not forget Doyle the Boxer, who was rescued after Rita, stranded on a highway with a broken leg.  A bit of orientation, then Sponsor takes us to lunch at Ralph's On the Park, a most excellent lunch with a view of live oaks draped in Spanish Moss, accompanied by excellent conversation. War of 1812! The Battle of New Orleans!  Henry Adams! 

A tour of the school, an orientation in the theater, and now attempting to rest (to bed at midnight and up again at 4:30 AM, car service arrived at 5 AM).  

Grey here, until now, as in the way of New Orleans, the sun showing up without invitation, getting the sky to flash the audience with glimpses of blue that extend for longer and longer phrases ....

There are flowers.  And birds.

Reception after the talk -- which threatens to be attended by fabulously interesting people.

I'm back home again.

1 comment:

T. said...

Wishing I were there with y'all!