". . . 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, November 27, 2007

Listen Again! Tonight ....

The reading and roundtable discussion observing the publication of the first of the Experience Music Project's anthologies of participants' writing about music is tonight.

Vaquero's presentation will be on the Cuban Cha-Cha-Cha and its influence on pop music. He will even dance to illustrate what he's talking about. Trust me folks, that is not to be missed.

The event is free, though you do need to rsvp at 1-212-992-8405.

It's at the Kimmel Center, NYU, 60 Washington Square So., #914, at 7:30.

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