“There was no capitalist reality segregated from socialist reality. There was one reality, period.”
Nicotine, the author’s third novel in as many years, dives into the world of East Coast anarchists.
Träd, Gräs och Stenar and the democratizing power of the riff.
Empathy in literature, public reminiscence, and the long half-life of socialism.
“I just wanted to be sure I didn’t get caught not expressing what I thought was important to me. That can easily happen, because you can easily get discouraged by not being allowed to participate, or just being ignored, when you know your work is beyond ignoring.”
My first reaction to her much deserved show at MoMA was: Where are the monkeys?
“Anyone who has ever visited a slum knows that the worst part is not the wretched shacks, the dust, the rusty water tanks, the crowds of people, crime, etcetera, but the smell.”
When a child is raised according to political doctrine, political decisions and personal habits become one and the same.
I met Carlos Garaicoa in 1994, when I traveled to Havana for the Bienal. It was the first studio visit that I had ever made at midnight—this was Havana, and why not?
I had never conducted an interview via e-mail before my conversation with the Colombian author Laura Restrepo; therefore, I wasn’t prepared to get answers that had the quality of polished writing.
Che Guevara: celebrated warrior, revolutionary leader, figure of myth. In his biography of the Argentine-turned-Cuban hero, John Lee Anderson goes behind the scenes to unearth the man. This article is part of the Bohen Series on Critical Discourse.