My Own Private West Side Story: What I Learned from Puerto Rican Outlaw Artist Miguel Pinero

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Although I haven’t seen Steven Spielberg’s new “West Side Story” movie, I saw the original when I was 10 and loved it. It didn’t surprise me, though, to read a couple of reviews of the remake by critics who resent its caricature of Puerto Rican people and culture, and feel outraged that 60 years after the Oscar-winning film opened…

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Martin D. Hirsch

Martin D. Hirsch

Lapsed singer-songwriter, 35-year accidental company man, citizen of The Woodstock Nation, avid essayist, occasional poet, aspiring author, dogged evolutionary.