“the allure of those soft, silky nights”

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Pablo Medina, author of Cuban City Blues, tells us about his nostalgia for 1950s Havana, restored by Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s novel Tres Tristes Tigres.

“The language sizzles and sparkles and reinvents itself so that sound and sense revolve around each other like twin stars. Words are hurled out of the page and boomerang back deconstructed, reconfigured and transformed into every tongue trick known to man and woman… It is a book about place, culture, movies and music; it’s about the urban condition, the whirlwind of voices trapped in a free-falling way of life.”

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You can find Charley Locke's journalism on WIRED, tweets @CHARLEY_LOCKE, and drawings on her parents' fridge. You can also sometimes spot Charley imperiously making book recommendations while managing the McSweeney's Pop-Up Shops. More from this author →