Friday, October 28, 2011
Go here for the full interview.
"I concede dates were wrong. We didn't know that. As soon as we figured out the dates were wrong, we stopped saying that. We were relying on the family's oral history which, 50 years later, was wrong."
"I disagree that it was politically advantageous to me in terms of saying it. Nobody voted for me that thought my parents came in '59 that wouldn't have voted for me knowing it had been 1956. My family story is the same one. The speeches I gave on campaign trail, I could still give them.
My parents came from Cuba, they came to the United States in search of a better life, they tried and planned to live in Cuba again, and couldn't because of communism. They returned to an exile community where I was raised."
"The essence of my story was that as a child of exiles, I understood that America was different and that you can lose your country. None of that has changed. The story is the same one."
Posted by El Yuma @ 7:47 AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Read this passage from Leonardo Padura's novel, Havana Fever, and tell me who you think he is REALLY talking about when he describes the bolero singer and consumate diva, Katy Barqué, as someone who possesses a:
"patent disregard for any sense of historical boundaries and her attempt to cling, against the wind, tide, logic, time and fear of the grotesque, to a pre-eminence that was no longer hers ... turning her into a caricature of herself."
Leete este pedazo de la novela de Leonardo Padura, La neblina de ayer, y dime de quien esta REALMENTE hablando cuando describa a la bolerista y diva contumaz, Katy Barqué, como alguien que posee una:
"patente ausencia [...] del sentido del limite historico y al empeno al aferrarse, contra viento, marea, logico, tiempo y medida de lo grotesco, a una preeminencia que ya no le correspondia y que, [...] la habia transformado en una caricatura [...] de si misma."
Posted by El Yuma @ 3:39 PM