Concerned about my former Milwaukee friends, Waswo X. Waswo and his partner Tommy, I emailed them in India to see if they were safe during the terrorist attacks in their adopted country. The two moved there several years ago and we’ve kept in touch. Waswo has shaped an excellent career as a photographer/writer in India, but now and then he returns with a new series of work, mostly recently seen at Grava Gallery and at the Haggerty Museum of Art where he had a solo exhibition.
“Yes, we are quite safe,” was the welcome answer I received on Thanksgiving Day. “I am in Sri Lanka, and Tommy is in Goa. But the Taj on fire is tragic, and Leopold’s is a haunt for not only us, but many of our friends.”
Today came the announcement that our military presence in Iraq will soon be greatly reduced, thanks to an agreement with their government. We’ll see. Time will tell.
There’s not much to be thankful for this year, but their safety and the news out of Iraq is a good start.