". . . 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, May 11, 2010

"Shame, Shame, Shame" and HBO "Treme" in the HuffPo

The Huffington Post New Orleans writer, Karen Dalton-Beninato, writes at length about "Same, Shame, Shame," episode 5 of Treme.  This episode, per Simon, was the best so far -- each episode is the best ep so far, which is how it needs to be in an arc show. We got to watch it last night, finally (much going on over here -- can't always be free to watch tv, particularly as we no haz telervizon, much less HBO).

There's a shout out for The World That Made New Orleans toward the close of the episode's description.  It's amazing how many New Orleans writers have read that book.

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