Readers of this blog know that the working-class-opera-world of Lucha Libre is near and dear to this Chicano chronicler's heart--a new, extensive piece on the world of Lucha Libre, more specifically, luchador Cassandro's special universe has just appeared in The New Yorker. See it online there or via pdf facsimile here. The fine piece is by William Finnegan--more on the author apppears here.
This weekend, September 2014, I have been invited back to shower tons of pictures/videos on all things digital humanities at BSU's third annual THATCamp.
What's a THATCamp? (¡that's what I said!)...
THATCamp is an acronym-headed neologism for "The Humanities and Technology" Camp. Held at Boise's awesome Discovery Center, the gathering will draw a diverse and eclectic group of cybernauts, pointy-headed intellectuals, artists, coders, gamers and more. Me? I will be holding forth (at 9am!!!! no less) on erotic robots and other cybersexually curious provocations--the result of a semester's worth of experimentation with over 200 undergraduate students at SDSU. If you like getting up early and are anywhere near Boise, come on out and give a shoutout--a big abrazo to Memo Cordova and Francisco Salinas who made this mad improvisational presentation a reality!! I am on the bill with headliners JP Chastain and Eric Gilbert and host of other cool androids/robots/cyborgs!
Here's the ridiculous, Gilligan's Island/Ginger poster Guillermo Nericcio García whipped up for the event!
If you are not a regular reader of Lalo Alcaraz's LA CUCARACHA, if your daily fishwrap of a newspaper (that is, if you still have a newspaper in your city) does not carry it, get your infusion of top-shelf, satirical genius here: http://www.gocomics.com/lacucaracha
Here's Lalo's most recent entry, Sunday, August 31, 2014--a telling, pointed send-up of neo-fascist, racist, anti-immigrant pendejos from Murrieta:
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Here are some other recent gems by Lalo. Click them to see them in large, living color!
Never one to say no to a good thing, Nickelodeon has opted to cash-in on their Latina golden goose! The morning mail finds our old friend Dora the Explorer all grown up, ten-years old, hangin' with her posse in the City, and, get this, now she has eyebrows.
I am actually all for the saturation of the vidiot network with pint-sized facsimiles of smart, bilingual, latina animated stars, so I will hold the snark and just point you to some coming attractions!
It's time for summer re-runs on the Textmex blog--here's an oldie but a goodie from 2008 (original posting: Wednesday, August 06, 2008)
That miscreant Mexican/Xicano wizard of yellow journalism, that wascally wabbit of Latina/o print and online media, Gustavo Arellano, has gone and linked me, via the magic of solicited commentary, with the infamy and sordid black-ink pleasures of Tijuana Bibles!
Click here for his latest Ask-A-Mexican column. Somehow the knowledge that "Nericcio" and "Tijuana Bible" searches will forever pollute the internets with "hits" gives this poor child of Laredo, this recovering Catholic "raised by nuns," sordid, ironic solace! For more on Tijuana Bibles, the low-tech fore-runner of internet pornography click here (NSFW, and "Not Safe for your Soul," as my 7nth-grade inquisition teacher Sister Veronica would have said!, or, go for the gold, with this full-on google search.
As you can see in this sample culled from the internet opposite, the 'Bibles were as memorable for their variety of racially amped ethnic semiotics as they were for their sexual hijinks! No surprise there--as I tried to illustrate in Tex[t]-Mex, the connection between race and sex in stereotypes is not just connected or causal, it is, as it is in life, intimately linked at the level of DNA!
The biggest story attached to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For has been supporting actress Eva Green's poster for the movie showing too much areola for the MPAA tastes. The New York Daily News tracks the trail of that case here, and you can search for the changes made in the poster here in a high-resolution juxtaposition:
The film marks the return of Jessica Alba front and center as "Nancy Callahan" in the movie best known for fusing the dna of cinema and graphic narrative. A decidedly tawdry take on the movie with tons of graphics is available here from the Daily Mail (UK). Frank Miller's cool storyboards for the original Sin City are here.
Salma Hayek is a always a star here at the Textmex blog--while she remains the alluring embodiment of textmextian paradigms (the "Mexican" as always already floating signifier of sexual potentiality) she also puts the lie to this tired tale of female objectification by being a an active, engaged agent (co-conspirator) in her own spectacle-ization! Oh, and a fine mamá as well (cue image above of Hayek, with daughter Valentina. In any event, Cannes was abuzz this year as Hayek brought her newly produced film to town, Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, an animated feature, full-length work featuring the voices of Hayek, Liam Neeson, and John Krasinski among others, and the directing talents of Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and Michal Socha. Hayek's new project comes into the world from a woman with a mission--defining her legacy as an international artist.
Readers of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America know that I am a diehard Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez maven--one of my proudest moments to date in my bizarre odyssey in academia was publishing a feature piece on them and graphic narrative in general in Mosaic--one of the first pointyheaded intellectual works on graphic narrative in a literary journal. In fact, the chapter on Frida Kahlo and Gilbert Hernandez, that appears in the UT Press volume, is an essay I probably had the most fun writing during my now, gulp, three decades long career!
Gilbert has been on a tear of late--publishing more books than Frederick Aldama, Stephen King, and Jacques Derrida, combined! Click this link to see some of these works on Jeff Bezos' bookmonstrous amazon site.
In any event, perusing the internets this morning I found some familiar and new works by the Chicano dynamic duo and thought I would share them here: