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AQ’s Fall Playlist: The Poetry and Power of Rita Indiana

By Sebastián Zubieta

The Dominican musician’s genre-defying performances make a virtue of pandemic-imposed constraints.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on the battle over fake news “Dominicans will find a reason to catcall, whether you are fat or thin, ugly or good-looking. I think it is because of the years of repression during the dictatorship that we have to yell. I was catcalled all the time, because I was queer, rode a skateboard, was thin, tall. There are people who become traumatized, while others, like myself, write jokes about it.” This was Rita Indiana speaking on Dominican TV, with an apparent declaration of aesthetic principle. She does indeed write jokes that...

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