What Fidel Castro Meant to Cuba’s Youth

"For the young, Fidel was a grandparent’s comment that things had been different before, that the seventies and eighties had been better, not like now, with mass enthusiasm exhausted. Fidel was the twentysomething’s cavity filled at the dentist’s—free—and a taste for rice and beans because it was quite literally all he’d eaten as a kid in the years after the U.S.S.R.’s fall." TIME, November 30, 2016.  

Cuba's imaginary Isolation

The U.S. media insist on using the same tired language to discuss a country that’s been undergoing drastic changes for the last 20 years. New York Daily News, March 23, 2016.


"As Cuba enters a new era of fast and sweeping change, a long-taboo political conversation about race is on the table as never before in art, music, film, and writing; in both official and dissident narratives; and in diverse circles across the socio-economic strata." Al Jazeera America, August 13, 2015.

In a Raúl Castro Era, Young Cubans Have Been Preparing For This Thaw

On how Cubans have been acting as if a thaw was coming ever since Raul Castro and President Obama took their respective offices, for Talking Points Memo, December 2014.

Cuba's internet is awful

On young Cubans' creative run-arounds for internet scarcity, and how that might shade the coming years in Havana, Guardian

TV's Female Spy Problem

"As gender issues claim magazine covers and newspaper features, inquiring whether an equal marriage can allow room for sex, why women lack confidence, and if ‘it all’ can ever be had, the female spy runs laps around premium cable, regular cable and back to network TV." Salon, June 27, 2014. 

U.S.-Cuba Policies Are Wasted on the Old

The 2014 FIU Cuba Poll revealed that support for the U.S. trade and travel embargo on Cuba doesn't split along ideological lines, but between the old and young. Al Jazeera America, June 26, 2014

In Cuba, Unequal Reform

Why new tax reforms on the island won't stanch the flow of brilliant young minds from the country. The New York Times, April 2, 2014. 

In Cuban Film and in Real Life, Defecting Tempts the Young

In zombie films and indie hits, on screen, foreshadowed, and then in real life, suddenly. The Atlantic, 2012.  


If I wanted to, I could furnish and decorate an entire home — quite fashionably — with reminders of Mexico’s socio-political problems. The Atlantic Cities, 2012