“If you are a critic of the Chinese government, it’s not easy to organize a physical gathering. Beijing cracks down hard on that kind of thing. But online, critics find they are not alone.”...more
Posts Tagged: Cuba
Isnael felt spirits. That was how he first realized he had a calling, and that it was Santería....more
When summer arrived, the butler for the newcomer the villagers called “Mister Way”—they couldn’t pronounce Hemingway—came into town to fetch the boys. He left the house and followed the long drive to the gate, turned into the village, gathered the boys from their homes and led them back to the Finca, where they found a baseball diamond marked out in the grass....more
“We live in a moment where images fill our lives in more obvious ways than words. Every day we scroll through Tumblrs, memes and gifs, a parade of images as completely absorbing as it is mind numbing.”...more
Writer and journalist Cristina García talks about her latest novel, King of Cuba, how she came to write about Fidel Castro as an octogenarian, and returning to Cuba after more than a decade’s absence....more
Jessica Michalofsky reviews Guillermo Rosales’s LEAPFROG AND OTHER STORIES today in The Rumpus Book Reviews....more
In a museum in Havana there are two skulls...more
In chess, it’s called zugzwang: you’re forced to move, but the only moves you can make will put you in a worse position. Welcome to the daily struggle of every face you meet in Cuba....more
To be a doctor in Cuba is to live inside the swirl of history and politics that whooshes around the small Communist island at all times....more
There are certain places in the world that conjure an almost universal sense of longing; places that seem to carry a palpable sense of themselves in the air, and places whose tumultuous histories have created masses of displaced persons who feel as though they might never go home again....more
Ana Menendez’s new collection of short fiction, Adios, Happy Homeland, weaves together stories from diverse Cuban voices that all confront the history and lived reality of their conflicted homeland....more
It’s raining outside, everything is going to be ok.
Let’s get straight to the point: a new David Attenborough series is a thing to be celebrated.
Swedish architecture porn: Evolver!
You are going to spend the next ten minutes watching bullet impacts in super slow motion....more
“Crucet is endowed with the double vision that helped Richard Wright and Salman Rushdie describe the lives of marginalized people with poignancy, humor, and rich music.”
Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés’s stories about refugees from the Mariel Boatlift present the conflicts and loneliness of exile....more
Ana Menendez’s new novel, The Last War, deals with Iraq, infidelity, self-deception, and exile....more