". . . 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

Friday, March 20, 2020

No Mask Masking.

     . . . .  They Say -- actually a clothing designer / fabricator said -- a real person said -- a cotton t-shirt tied around lower face and nose is a fairly effective face mask.  If one has a cotton t-shirt blend with stretch fiber (the close fitting, show-of-chest sort), it is even better due to the micro fibers.

A true friend, who also is a terrific clothing designer and fabricator, and a brilliant seamstress into the bargain, said she thought that hard bra cups made with foam etc., with elastic straps sewn on would make pretty effective masks. She went off to make some.

And in the end, as the federal government refuses to help us because as Saboteur in chief said, "That the story of life," and, "I'm not a supply clerk." the only constant and consistent advice for what to do is "Watch tv!"

So, now, imagine moi, me friends, face wrapped in t-shirt, bra worn over the shirt, merging the casual, easy style of the mundane, with early, edgy Madonna style, watching Downton Abbey.

Don't forget to carry a chopstick while wearing, in order to adjust the mask, scratch under it when nose gets runny and itchy, push back the hair.  And now we've added a soupçon of Asian to our clothing chic.


Yes, our city and state are closing everything except essentials at 8 PM.  By Sunday night everybody is expected to stay in as much as possible, when not getting groceries, going to the drug store, walking the dog, getting some exercise.  But stay at least 6 feet away from each other and wear a mask and gloves (which we don't have and cannot get, probably we were told, for months because Chief Saboteur said he's not a supply clerk, so the hell with the Defense Production Act), and people 70 and over shouldn't be going out at all unless they absolutely have to, and these are mandated to wear a mask.

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