". . . 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

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring Lift-Off -- Havana

After a week of frantic preparation, with winter's return further complicating the stress and sturm, the plane did lift off,  despite weather and the fact that for reasons JFK has currently shut down all its runways except one,  All flights need to expect at least a 4 hour delay.  But they left so early -- a 4 AM rising! -- they managed only a half hour delay.

Snow, rain, are currently providing further delays.  So I was glad to re-wake to a text from Him, saying they were boarded and about to taxi.

The Prado, on a facsimile of which during Prohibition's last year, some scenes of Boardwalk Empire's final season are set.
I won't hear from el V, probably until tomorrow, due to the continuing difficulties and expense of communications between there and here.  We haven't been out of touvh with each other for this long since the last time I didn't go to Cuba with him, which was in 2000.  Not even while in Africa -- we can skype from Africa . . . .

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