Art as Vengeance
Dictators hate and have always hated artists, and they have good reasons for doing so. Artists are very dangerous because they can exact vengeance. And all of you already know how highly I think of the concept of vengeance. To me, vengeance is a sublime purpose, artistically speaking, and proof of this is that two of the greatest literary works of all time, the Iliad and the Odyssey, deal with vengeance.
I am sharing this with you because I have begun work (all of the sudden) on a series of paintings depicting Fidel Castro that, as you would expect, are a form of vengeance. I am truly enjoying myself drawing this son of a bitch in the most humiliating (for him, at least) positions. And it makes me feel so good to know that when that son of a bitch and I are no longer on this earth and years go by and everything changes and the people begin to forget Castroism and the horror it embodied, my paintings will still be there to offer a real image of this son of a bitch named Fidel Castro and to demonstrate that the son of a bitch named Fidel Castro had relentless enemies who took the time to exact vengeance as called for by the most elemental decorum.
Oh, and I will not only be painting the principal son of a bitch, but I will also include many of his accomplices in my paintings. The work will be enormous and arduous, I know, but I will undertake the work with much dedication and spirit.
I ask my beloved Hector and the incomparable Odysseus to give me the strength to carry out such an honorable endeavor.