Inside Cuba


Gone is the imposing sculpture of a hammer and sickle that formerly stood on the road from Havana’s airport. Today, there is a billboard for Benetton, that sassy symbol of Western consumerism that sprang up amid the tumbling Communist regimes of Europe in the early 1990s. Cuba, an island fortress utterly dependent on Soviet aid, would be the next domino to fall, said the same pundits who once thought the Berlin Wall would last for decades…

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Teresa Stratas Profile

As opera legend Teresa Stratas gives a rare tour of her salon-like Manhattan apartment, she seems most proud of the furnishings she rescued from the building’s trash. “This came from the garbage room,” Stratas says matter-of-factly, pointing to a unit of dark wood shelves. On it sit two antique dolls […]

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