A Few Enjoyable Documentaries

November 25, 2015 | No Comments »

Documenting the intensity of real life is a way of transforming our experiences through art. There are many ways to achieve an interesting documentary, a genre that, despite being less popular than fiction, has many avid followers, myself included.

Cuba’s Patron Saint, Watch Over Cubans Everywhere

November 24, 2015 | 1 Comment »

For one reason or another – and through one means of another – several of my young cousins, nearly all of my friends from university (most of them close friends), some neighbors and even acquaintances from my junior and senior secondary days have left the country.

Is it a Crime to Go for a Walk with a Foreigner in Havana?

November 24, 2015 | 23 comments

I still haven’t managed to let go of the anger or overcome the surprise. While strolling down a street in Old Havana next to a foreign friend of mine, a police officer stopped me to ask me the most ludicrous questions I’ve heard.

Illustration Biennale Closes at Gallery in Alamar, Havana

November 23, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The 10th Los Puentes Illustration Exhibition closed this past November 19This biennale gathers visual artists who wish to exhibit works related to published literary pieces and/or that could be used to illustrate these. (16 photos)

The Third Time Was Not the Charm

November 23, 2015 | No Comments »

These days, I’ve been recalling a two-part post I wrote for Havana Times, titled Cuba’s Horizontal Gravity. I’ve also been thinking about this force that restricts our movement across the world, not unlike the physical force that tethers us to the Earth.

A Call to Break the Silence

November 23, 2015 | 2 comments

They say that Cuba’s Citizen Insecurity apparatus – i.e. State Security – has threatened to put an end to the Sunday rallies organized by a group of government opponents. Could we be about to witness a kind of (less intense) Black Spring?

My Warring Havana Neighbors

November 21, 2015 | 1 Comment »

It’s said that what a writer sitting in front of a blank page needs is for his muse to come down and inspire him. I don’t put much stock in that. What I personally need to write a good story is absolute peace and quiet.

On The Crisis of Cinema

November 20, 2015 | 3 comments

It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a movie I like these days. Comedies – at least the kind of US comedies we get here – seem only to compete in terms of vulgar, obscene and scatological jokes.

The Weapon of Disinformation in Cuba

November 19, 2015 | 8 comments

Once again, I was able to see how the government manages to keep people quiet and prevent them from questioning their predicament or demanding their rights. This isn’t accomplished at gunpoint, no. They use a different weapon: disinformation.

The Painful Silence on the Cubans Stuck in Costa Rica

November 19, 2015 | 6 comments

The situation of nearly two thousand Cubans who are stranded in Costa Rican territory is not news to virtually anyone. It’s not worth talking about whose to blame, but if I did, I would have put my name first on the list…