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My Seductive Cuba

A few pages into the book, there’s a photo of a dangerously handsome man. His name is Giordano and he’s one of Lizra’s dance teachers. In Cuba, she tells us, there are no boundaries between people. She illustrates this social construct through a story about how she and Giordano tease each other in class. I picture them in a dance studio. It’s a room with high ceilings…

Quiet

Whenever I challenged expectations like these by staying reserved, I always felt I was looked upon as hostile, which sometimes led me to actually be that way in self-defense. Requests from supervisors to make random social calls on my boss or listen to all-company conference calls in a room with everyone in the office always made me uncomfortable. I could never understand why I was expected to go against my nature…