A few days ago, I published a Facebook post on my profile asking my writer friends for three advantages of Decree-Law 349 for Cuban authors. Not a single one of my Facebook friends, some of who hold down high positions in Cuba’s literary institutions, could answer me.
I would have made do with one advantage, but I wasn’t given any. They couldn’t because shame must be consuming them on the inside and they probably can’t sleep because Decree-Law 349 doesn’t bring any advantages for Cuba’s writers, quite the opposite in fact. So, here are a few of my own to get the dialogue going.
– Writers will become enslaved to cultural institutions.
– Poets won’t be able to hold public readings at places where people go to appreciate their work, much less earn money for their readings.