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COMMIE GIRL IN CUBA, HAVANA GOOD TIME AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

REBECCA SCHOENKOPF IN HAVANA

(Rebecca Schoenkopf, who made her name as Commie Girl at the OC Weekly, is writing as beautifully and insightfully as ever. Here are her reflections on a recent visit to Cuba.)

BY REBECCA SCHOENKOPF

It is foreign, and we are on a very fancy bus, 13 or 17 of us or so, FourStory writers and our lovers and a few nice neighbors who thumbed a ride with us from OC to Havana, Cuba. We are gawking out the windows at a land free of any advertising except exhortations to educate your children and pictures of the nation’s heroes. Cuba loves its heroes, its Comandante Che and its number one hero of all time and forever, Jose Marti, who was neither a general nor a baseball player but a writer, and that’s just weird. We are looking at the open spaces, almost agriculture-free but for a field or two here or there, and the 1960s Soviet concrete monoliths, and the God-sized portraits of Che.

And then we come into Havana itself, taking a roundabout way that brings us past stately homes on the Avenue of the Presidents (but in Spanish), only a couple of whom have statues because they turned out to be so corrupt and lame, and the Cuban people said, “Fuck! Enough with statues of the presidents already, let’s just sculpt some more of Jose Marti!”

And Havana is so dreamy and beautiful and different—different from our homes, from anyplace we have been, and from how we thought it would be. READ MORE

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  1. Joe Mack
    June 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Dear Rebecca, I don’t know what you are telling that native, but, he seems more
    interested in your boobs than your snappy-patter.

    http://www.longbeachpolitics.homestead.com

  2. June 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Joe Mack, if that native was really a boob man, he’d be looking at you.

  3. Joe Mack
    June 5, 2010 at 7:12 am

    June 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm | #2
    Reply | Quote

    Joe Mack, if that native was really a boob man, he’d be looking at you.

    Well Dave, you’re probably correct. We boob-men recognize each other!

    I do like you, as you’ve not deleted my comments.

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