". . . 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

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Among the Excellent Newses - I Am Me Again

The Most Excellent News of all:

The passport arrived in today's mail, replacing the one stolen along with all the rest of my i.d. between 3 PM and 3:30 PM October 11th!

So we're flying for The American Slave Coast events New Orleans on the 9th after all, instead of having to leave the day before and drive all day.  This also means flying from NO to Houston on November 13th, and flying back to NYC on the 15th. Not driving any of that! Though to be honest, seats and legroom of The Car are vastly superior in comfort and ease than any airplane seat -- even in the extra legroom purchased seats.  But it will be quicker, and we don't have to deal with creep and stop traffic jam-ups.

I am authentically moi again!  Which may allow me to finally relax and enjoy all the wonderful events, people and geography to which I'll be treated to for the month of November.  Since losing all my stuff and rushing around trying to remedy the disaster in between traveling and preparing to travel for The American Slave Coast, I've been rather too anxious to relax.

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