The Krakow Diaries

75 days in Krakow. On a literary grant from the German Kulturstiftung der Länder. In the Guesthouse of the 16th century Villa Decius, with 10 other writers from Poland, Germany, Belarussia, Ukraine and Georgia. Beautiful city. Nice Krakovians. Fun nightlife. Beautiful women. And in the guesthouse: Meetings of the minds. Too much vodka. Good friends. One of the great pleasures of my life.

Day #49: Saturday, Nov. 4: The Communists Are Rewriting History Again

That Proto-Austro-Militant-Femino-Marxist we all know and love has struck again! Here is the comment she wrote correcting - or perhaps simply "improving" - my report on our visit to All Saints:

"My dear friend and room neighbor in Willa Decjusza, responsible for many a happy vodka-evening, has, alas, a bad memory. I did not say "we", although, of course, he would have liked me to say so for the sake of a good line. I said: "That's why communism failed." I never was a communist, though I still embrace socialism in its milder social-democratic version of the long ago seventies. I have, in fact, contributed to the downfall of Czech communism by actively supporting Czech dissidents in and outside Czechoslovakia! (You should have seen me traveling to Prague with secret letters taped to my youthful body.) But, of course, such subtle differences are unknown in Hawaii.

Regards from Erica ("

PS: Erica, if you're reading this: Should we both strike it rich with our next books, I will accompany you to Hawaii and show you why it is exactly we Hawaiians don't have a very good memory for little details or otherwise pay attention to meaningless world politics!


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