Where is Cuba Going -NY Times Article

After multiple trips to the Island, and thousands of photographs Cuba holds a special place in my heart and I have a very selective taste for photographs or writing coming from there, however, it was great to read John Jeremiah Sullivan's account of his latest trip; the changes, the social interactions, and the present mind-set. He has a wonderful voice and a delicate sense of humor interwoven into his very analytical observations. Cuba has been changing, a lot, over the last 5 years and Sullivan managed to capture it well in a delightfully written piece for the New York Times Magazine.

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Some excerpts and pictures:

"People walking by on the street didn’t seem as skinny. That was the most instantly perceptible difference, if you were seeing Raúl’s Cuba for the first time. They weren’t sickly looking before, but under Fidel you noticed more the way men’s shirts flapped about them and the knobbiness of women’s knees. Now people were filling out their clothes. The island’s overall dietary level had apparently gone up a tick."

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 "Partly what had been clashing were our respective ideas about the role of an individual in solving a crisis. In the United States, we all go around so empowered-feeling all the time, and when you travel you feel it, a sense of hypertrophy, the thing that makes us look like giant babies to the Europeans."

" The Chinese have built an amusement park and sold fleets of buses. They have been granted use — if our intelligence can be trusted — of a large signals-intelligence base on the outskirts of Havana near the airport, a giant electronic ear-horn right off our shores, the price we pay for renouncing any involvement with a country so close."

Andrew Moore/Yancey Richardson Gallery
"How did you get into the country?” It’s an opportunity to remind you that you can’t go legally, and they can. And by extension, that they come from a more enlightened land. “You need to grow up about that stuff,” one guy that I met at a nature preserve said, to which I wanted to tell him to get a large and powerful population of Cuban exiles and move them into an election-determining province of Canada and call me in the morning.)"

"You can’t understand the transnationally dysfunctional, mutually implicated relationship between Cuba and Miami, that defies all embargoes and policies of “definitive abandonment,” until you realize that the line often cuts through families, almost always, in fact. "
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