". . . 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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

St. Valentine's Day Massacre In Mob Era Havana

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Havana Nocturne: A Mob Tour: Feb. 14-18, 2019

This one is quite different from other Postmambo Studies tours.  Among the differences is that it's short, as we see from the dates.  We get to stay in Havana, meaning we don't have to pack and move everyday.  And there is free time to explore on one's own.  Nor is it as music-heavy.  But -- this is Cuba.  There is music, wonderful music.

It's really different (and shorter -- did I mention shorter?) than the long one one through Eastern (Caribbean) Cuba which I embark January 2.

We will be hanging out at such places as where the Luciano Havana Mob Conference (including Frank Sinatra), was held, the presidential suite of the Hotel nacional, the fabled Tropicana -- yah, it's still there and has never stopped having performances, tour the Meyer Lansky hotels, etc.

Remember the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the event that sets off the events of the still splendid BillyWilder 1959 film Some Like It Hot, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon?  Yah. 1959, which by the end, was the end of Lansky's and the mob's rule of Havana too.  Pretty darned cool, yah?

Terrific way to spend Valentine's Day, 2019, particular as the weather critters are mumbling about Polar Vortex blizzards over here then . . . .

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