". . . 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

Monday, June 1, 2015

Flooding in New Orleans; 56º in NYC & Raining + The American Slave Coast

Evidently we got out of New Orleans just in time; flooding started there yesterday, serious

flooding. from the thunderstorms, that are part of the system flooding all those developments in Texas that were built -- on the flood plains.

Here, the temps plunged into the 50's last night. Currently, due to the rain (and lots of flash flooding), there are delays at the airports of up to 3 hours, which means the same for landing.  I'm so glad we weren't flying home today. It never broke out of the 50's today, and tomorrow will be the same including the rain, the flash floods, etc.

Yesterday el V went off to the Javits Center yesterday, to meet Publisher and Publicist. Alas, I stayed home because my body was broken from all the time in a car and an airplane and many bad chairs from the last week. I feel as though every part of my body has been carefully beaten, particularly the lower back and my joints.

BEA per se, was over, but there was an associated event for the weekend for which publisher and publicist stayed.  So though I sadly missed meeting up with them, I'm sure el V filled in for us both splendidly.

He returned with one of the big blow-up poster boards of the cover Publisher had up in the booth. It is so impressive and effective at that size. We will take it with us on the book tour -- it will be nice to have up in the bookstores. Really, this large poster board does look very nice -- so bright against the red, and includes the tactile sense of the nubby paper that is the jacket.

More news of TASC later!

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