Fidel Castro, hanging out with the East German Politburo.
Fidel Castro is dead, and as usual, I feel like the odd man out. On the one hand, I am totally opposed to invasions, assassination attempts and even trade embargoes. On the other hand, I find it hard to summon much enthusiasm for praising Communist dictators. Judging from my Twitter feed, I've failed in my duty to choose sides.
By coincidence, I've begun reading Paul Krassner's Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut, his memoirs, and Sunday I came across a passage about his trip to Cuba and his encounter with the Maximum Leader.
Krassner's mentor in magazine publishing, Lyle Stuart, was treasurer of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and in December 1960 Krassner was invited to take a trip to Cuba. He met Fidel at a reception, gave him a copy of Krassner's magazine, "The Realist," and asked for an interview. Castro told him to set it up with his secretary.
Krassner never got his interview. He writes, "In retrospect, I would like to have asked him, 'Do you believe in term limits?' "
More on Krassner's book soon.