Aaron McGruder | Books | Interview | The A.V. Club


I’m not much of a fan of Aaron McGruder’s comic, and I know even less about any personal views he has outside of his daily strip, but I did like this observation:

It may sound weird, but I don’t really look for culture, particularly in an American city. I went to Havana, and I was like, “Wow, there’s culture everywhere!” I don’t think the American government has a lot of respect for culture. That was one thing that I did notice when I went to Cuba was that artists are paid to be artists, and poets are paid to be poets, and musicians are paid to be musicians by the government. The government – and I’m not saying that the Cuban government’s perfect – but the government does place a value on culture. Much more so than here, where culture is just a matter of commerce.

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