BBC News - Guayabera shirt now official Cuban formal dress code
And these people still think of themselves as “revolutionary”. And who do you suppose is going to iron the things?
As an unrelated item, Vargas Llosa's recognition gives me great satisfaction. I often disagree with him politically, but I respect his serious engagement with politics even if from erroneous neoliberal premises. Most of all, I admire his art and tremendous industry in producing novels that show a rich, complex world far beyond his doctrine or mine.
When I think about V LL and me, I am reminded of Pablo Neruda's late poem “El enemigo” about an encounter with an old ideological adversary. It ends…
And there we were, each one / with his certainty honed / and hardened by time / like two blind men, each defending / his incomprehension.Allí estabamos cada unocon su certidumbre afiladay endurecida por el tiempocomo dos ciegos que defiendencada uno su oscuridad.
(That's rather loose, but “incomprehension” is closer to Neruda's meaning than “obscurity”. Perhaps “lack of clarity” is closest, except it's too wordy.)