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The Roles of Art

Originally posted on The Politics of Writing:
I find it interesting in the way art almost entirely reflects the artist. Of course this seems obvious, but there’s also unintentional ways it reflects the artist. This is noticeable when you take a writer who doesn’t make an outline for their writing. If they begin to just write and see what comes out, it almost always expresses subtle traits of the writer. The tone they use, the events they portray, the characters they establish, it all reveals their subconscious feelings. This is why when you’re done reading a good book you feel as if you personally know a writer because of how much of their personality you’ve picked up. After consuming all forms of art, paintings, writing, music, ect, you begin to notice a trend in topics. The universal themes artists are usually to make a point or to get the audience to feel a certain way. Themes like war, conflict, relationships, money, and nature are used to guide the audience to the conclusion the artist intended.…

Communism Through the Eyes of a Cuban: My Interactions With Cuban Natives

Originally posted on TRVL 101:
Anyone who knows my Grandpa and I well know that we are very curious individuals. We ask a lot of questions; enough to annoy someone. Our tendencies did not cease during our recent trip to Havana, Cuba. As many of you know, Cuba is the forbidden fruit of the United States. With the trade embargo still (temporarily) in place, getting to Cuba is no easy task. Americans don’t know much about Cuba, and many of us have never been to a true communist country. This is where our curiosity kicked in. We conversed with numerous Cubans, most of them cab drivers and restaurant waiters. Some questions were fair game, some may have been a little too much, but we wanted that information. Everything below is first hand from Cubans themselves. Everything Is Owned by the State  Imagine having almost no personal possessions. Everything you do on a daily basis is provided by the government. The cars that cab drivers drive? Owned by the state. The hotel you’re staying at? Owned by the state. That…