[thechat] Stage patter...

Joe Crawford jcrawford at avencom.com
Mon Apr 29 16:56:01 CDT 2002

Martin wrote:

> On Saturday, April 27, 2002, at 06:20  pm, Joe Crawford wrote:
>> "i was thinking - um - don't you wish there was like another picture of
>> Che
>> Guevara? i'm thinking like, it woulda been like one of him at a birthday
>> party with a bunch of nine-year olds with milk coming out of his nose
>> cause
>> he just laughed a joke somebody told."
> ..and there are plenty of them - I have 3 on my wall:
> Che and Fidel
> Che laughing with cigar (I think from a TV programme)
> Che taking a ladle of water out of a jerrycan labelled 'Agua Fresca'

Oh Martin, you're so literal. The point is about the cultish way that
/one/ photo seems to trump all others. :-\

> I've also got a few in my copy of The Motorcycle Diaries, which
> is just fantastic - totally debunks the myth of the po-faced, iconic
> revolutionary (actually, he never was po-faced - 'Che' roughly
> translating as 'mate' (IIRC) which is how he used to address
> *everyone*). It's full of escapades of fleeing villages at dawn
> to escape the wrath of jealous husbands... well worth a read.

> It's also interesting that for a communist country, Castro isn't
> the icon you see everywhere in Cuba - Che is, or Jose Martin.

Jose Martí - http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=jose+marti

A figure of some importance.

I think Marti would be quite disappointed in the current regime. (And I
think Jefferson would be quite disappointed in our current US regime).

> I think I only really saw one public picture of El Jef:
> http://www.easyweb.co.uk/pics/cuba/006.jpg
> Here's Jose Martin, btw, from the doors of the Habana Capitol:
> http://www.easyweb.co.uk/pics/cuba/004.jpg
> If you're Canadian, Cuba's well worth a visit.

They've been cracking down on US travel to Cuba as well - though one
presumes that Cuba can't help but change drastically in the next decade.
I think we'll see the US chill the fuck out sometime soon. Maybe. Hopefully?

With commerce, Cuba will change.

I care about these things because my wife's family is Cuban Expatriate,
and have lots of ideas about Cuba. It's fascinating how much stupidity
can build up around an issue.

	- Joe <http://artlung.com/>

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