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Josef Koudelka PORTUGAL (1976)
We don’t forget, but something vacant settles in us.
— Roland Barthes, Mourning Diary (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)

Earl McDonald, hold-up man. Chicago. 1910.

Listening booths at the record store


How wrong we both were
about each other,
and how happy we have been.

Linda Pastan, “I Married You”

I will tell you something about stories,
[he said]
They aren’t just for entertainment.
Don’t be fooled
They are all we have, you see,
all we have to fight off illness and death.
You don’t have anything
if you don’t have the stories.
Their evil is mighty
but it can’t stand up to our stories.
So they try to destroy the stories
let the stories be confused or forgotten
They would like that
They would be happy
Because we would be defenseless then.

— A passage taken from Leslie Marmon Silko’s book, Ceremony, where she emphasizes the role of storyteling in the Pueblo Culture and the repeated attempts of white groups to decimate their culture by destroying its ceremonies.  (via maza-dohta)
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