WITHOUT ELAINE* I CAN’T GO ON / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

[*Translator’s note: Readers are strongly encouraged to read this post by Elaine Diaz, side-by-side with OLPL’s post.]

The Last Post

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

To my brothers and sisters of CUBAN VOICES…

Since September 2008 I have maintained this space as an exalted site of monologue, collective expression, and incitement to extremism. “Monday” overcame, in a few months, the anonymity and solitude that accompanies millions of blogs on the web, to become a delirious brothel about some of the most urgent issues on the agenda of Cuban citizens. What was once a site of experimentation to imagine a bachelor’s degree in Liberalism, became an inescapable corner for sabotage.

Today, after almost five years, I’m saying goodby to this space.

From this moment I will dedicated more time to action and indecency, two activities I’m imprisoned by and where I want to concentrate more in the coming years.

I am deeply grateful to all those who ever left their mark here; to those who with their comments impoverished the debate, to those who sent their impositions by mail, to those who were silent witnesses to every article, and those (male AND FEMALE…!) who I had the good fortune to meet in person.

This space will remain on the web, open for those who want to review, one more time, some moments of the past five years from the most personal, subjective and post-journalistic viewpoint of a not-so-young Cuban.

Withered Lawton, 21 August 2012