Wonderful feedback on last night”s launch of the Kickstarter campaign amidst a flurry of logistics, social media interactions and calls. Inspiring! Brilliant! Courageous! Much needed! Adventurous! Crazy!
A highlight was talking to one of the authors of “Bitter Fruit,” Steven Schlesinger, who provided important insights and leads. The book, co-written with Stephen Kinzer, is IMHO the authoritative study of the overthrow of Jacobo Guzman and subsequent decades of civil war. More on that chat later in the week.
Progress on the Kickstarter campaign can be seen any time by going to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wartheafterparty/war-the-afterparty. Or search on Kickstarter for War The Afterparty. As they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often. Or, pledge and Share, in this case.
I have my first nights lodging in Guatemala City nailed down. I will travel where the leads and instincts take me, so I am not booking in advance, though searching via nbso online casino two go-to lodging sites, airbnb and the more unpredictable couchsurfing.org. While traveling, I often encounter the kindness of strangers so I am expecting to befriend people along the way, and anticipate the occasional lodging or meal invitations. Another phenomenon I am counting on–constant, serendipitous encounters with people with stories to tell. Already, the Guatemala host revealed in passing that this week, he is teaching a class on Jacobo Guzman, and that his grandfather was there for it all and loves talking about it. Another potential host is an L.A. Times reporter in the country on an environmental project. So, official sources and experts, sure, but the witnesses of those who were there.
I have described the project as a kind of taxpayer/ citizen audit of the last fifty years of military engagements and covert actions, comparing promised versus actual outcomes. It has been suggested to me that I can write that book comfortably at home, sitting on my couch, using Skype. My intent on the trip is to explore how local narratives differ from the narratives we get from our press and government, seeking out stories and characters that illuminate the after effects of war, after the media attention has faded or, if you will, after the party is over.
Special thanks to the fabulous LiAnne Mattheney (pictured right), who is organizing two events this week to promote the Kickstarter campaign, tonight in Sacramento and Thursday in San Jose. If you are in the area, please ping me so I can give you an navigation and directions. Free food and wine!