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June 6, 1995 | DAVID STORK, For The Times
In Camaguey, in the heart of Cuba, a bastion of machismo, Hugo Hernandez tugs at his tutu and lumbers onto stage, feigning arthritis and old age. His audience is almost entirely gay, and the target of his parody is Alicia Alonso, a prima ballerina and paragon of Cuban culture, now past her prime. Hernandez stumbles into a pirouette and bumps into stage props, and the audience roars.
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June 6, 1995 | DAVID STORK, For The Times
In Camaguey, in the heart of Cuba, a bastion of machismo, Hugo Hernandez tugs at his tutu and lumbers onto stage, feigning arthritis and old age. His audience is almost entirely gay, and the target of his parody is Alicia Alonso, a prima ballerina and paragon of Cuban culture, now past her prime. Hernandez stumbles into a pirouette and bumps into stage props, and the audience roars.
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February 24, 2008 | Ilan Stavans, Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring professor in Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College. He is the editor of the forthcoming "Cesar Chavez: An Organizer's Tale."
Years ago, Heberto Padilla, the Cuban poet, was made to apologize in public for criticizing that country's revolution, thus becoming a symbol of censorship and intolerance in the island. Thanks to international pressure from people like Susan Sontag, he was able to leave for the United States; he told me once during a conversation that if Fidel Castro dies, Cuba will quickly be annexed to the United States, becoming the 51st state. "I'm sorry the Bay of Pigs was such a failure," he added.
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