". . . 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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What Matters

The television writer-director-producer tells it true:

July 3, 2014 at 11:06 am
The older I get, the more I think a happy family and an earned reputation are the only assets that matter.

Let it be made clear, crystal clear, right here, in the now: David Simon was never ever fired from the Sun; David Simon was never ever accused of ethics violations; David Simon never ever compared The Wire to Moby Dick. And etc. etc. etc. of the bs that patheric excuse for an academic scholar and critic accused David Simon of in that excerpt from her book forthcoming from a university press for which so many of us have had such respect,  on that pathetic aggregate of mindless digital bs that I won't honor by even naming. 

SHAME the writer.. SHAME the press. SHAME the website.


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