". . . 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, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year Ya'all -- May 2015 Allow Us Brightness and Light

Yesterday I saw something so buoyant and bright yesterday I couldn't help but become buoyant and bright myself. A parade of delivery folks walked along West Broadway about 2 PM, each one of them with

a huge cloud of golden balloons suspended high over their heads. Evidently they were delivering them to one of the expensive hotels or restaurants that are out neighborhood for a big midnight balloon drop. Under the sun and extensive patches of blue sky of the afternoon, in which the balloons did shine like gold, it was an uplifting sight.

Today and tonight -- another party, uptown, and more Cuban music, downtown, at SubRosa and a midnight rumba at the Zinc Bar.

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