". . . 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, July 16, 2015

Prince of Minor Writers: Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm (2015) New York Review of Books.

"There's nothing easier than to be an incendiary. All one needs is a box of matches and a sense of beauty."

Sir Max Beerbohm by Jacques-Emile Blanche (1903)
Ashmoleon Museum of Art and Archeology
One does wish for more of this incisive writing in these days of glib shallowness and over-hopped IPA.

The last of everything has been sent to Publisher. The American Slave Coast goes to print tomorrow. Books in warehouse sometime in September. Published October 1.

 My eyes are dry and itchy. A headache which insists my head is simultaneously falling off and exploding. Sick to my stomach. My left hip is in so much pain I got about 3 hours of sleep. My lower back is screaming.  My neck can't turn. Every part of my body aches.  El V surely feels even worse.

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