". . . 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, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras! Westminster Dog Show! Chinese New Year!

It's snowing here, and raining in New Orleans.  Yet, via the internet, it sure sounds as though people are having as much as they always have in New Orleans on the Mardi Gras.  Nothing stops Mardi Gras -- not even Katrina stopped Mardi Gras.

You can hear New Orleans Mardi Gras thanks to WWOZ streaming.  At this very moment it's Dr. John singing "Iko Iko".  Which has reported that sunshine has been spotted!

Live video coverage of the parades via The Times Picyune.

As with New Orleans, weather or not, NYC is busy with Large Week-long events. Not only is it another Fashion Week here, but Thursday, the 19th, is Chinese New Year (Year of the Sheep), with various celebrations such as parades going on February 22, and, currently, the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is in progress.

The Westminster Dog Show is a venerable event:

Oooo -- the sun's come out!

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