Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

Cigars: A Love Story or Two

(Roman Genn)
How I changed my mind about one of life’s great pleasures, and also found a wife

I got my wife through the Wall Street Journal. But before I go on, let me offer a spoiler alert: This article is about cigars, not about my non-mail-order wife (or Fidel Castro, for that matter). Just bear with me; like a good cigar, this essay requires a long burn to build up to a flavorful and rewarding finish.

In 1957, the editors of the New York Times, and in particular its then-famous foreign correspondent, Herbert Matthews, fell in love. The object of their adoration was a young cigar-chomping revolutionary by the name of Fidel Castro. While the Batista regime was

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