Thursday, February 04, 2016

Look Out Ivy League!!! #Mextasy Coming to Penn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Monday, February 22, 2016! "“Cyborg Chicanos, Virtual Latinas, Smartphones, and Digital Culturas Viral, Electric Mutations of Latina/o Stereotypes in the Age of the Internet”"

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“Cyborg Chicanos, Virtual Latinas, Smartphones, and Digital Culturas Viral, Electric Mutations of Latina/o Stereotypes in the Age of the Internet” is the title of the charla/presentation/pop-up exhibition I am bringing on the plane with me to Philly and the University of Pennsylvania Monday, February 22, 2016. I will be presenting from 6pm to 8 or so in Arch 108/109 on the main Penn campus.  Help me spread the palabra by using the hashtag #mextasy on twitter, instagram, and facebook!  See you soon! The event is part of Penn's cool Reclamando Nuestras Voces/ Reclaiming our Voices Penn Festival Latinx 2016

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Mextasy Invading University of Arizona, Tucson, for the "Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture" ‪#‎mextasy‬

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Just a quick posting to announce I will be in Tucson, the guest of some very cool graduate students and faculty for the Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture at the end of February!  I can't wait!

A big thanks/gracias to the Program coordinators, Claudia Nazario & Andrea Herrera Dulcet. The program is entitled "Crossroad Talks: Culture, Identity, Language 
and Literature in Active Contact Zones" and will be held  
February 25-27, 2016, at the Arizona Historical 
Society Museum, Tucson, Arizona.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

"The Stuff a He-Man's Dreams Are Made Of" | John D. MacDonald's Mexico-based PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS, "Hotly Spiced with Latin Savvy," or Yet Another Chapter in the History of "Mexicans" in American Mass Culture (Fawcett Paperback Edition)

The sombrero clues you in to the Cuernavaca
setting for MacDonald's opus
I was stumbling around the internets and chanced upon an old Pulp paperback fiction blog I used to follow, Pop Sensation! There I found John D. MacDonald's PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS, a rather minor moment in American literary history, but a treasure trove for Mexican/Mexico/Latina/o stereotype scouts like yours truly.  Check out the original blog posting here or hit the images opposite and below--click them and like most images on this blog, they get more bigger.

As for critical commentary, I don't have much to add--it would be re-going over the endless arguments that appear in Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America! And, dear reader, I care too much for you to do that.  
Nothing says "I know 'Mexicans' like a pipe-foregrounded
author photo!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog!!!! #mextasy

The shades of Margarita Carmen Cansino, aka Rita Hayworth, Lupe Velez, Ricardo Montalban, Speedy Gonzales (still alive, I think), join me in wishing all the visitors to the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog the merriest and mexiest of Christmases.

Here are some recent graphic desmadres I dreamed up for the upcoming presentations/exhibitions at Penn, Cornell, Arizona, and Kansas--more on those upcoming gigs here!  Own your own by shopping my Society6 tiendita/shoppe here.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Holy Mestizaje, Mr. Spock!!!! #Mextasy Poster Classic

New Poster Over at the Eyegiene/Mextasy Poster Shoppe!

"The Bad Breath of the Devil Will Make Lupita Steal Again!!" Sigmund Freud's Christmas Nightmare! Mexican Santa! Director: René Cardona's Santa Claus, 1959 {October 1960 (USA)}

original posting 12.9.2011 | updated posting 12.22.2012

Merry Christmas y Feliz Navidad from all the loco agents of desmadres at The Textmex Galleryblog...

More on this "holiday classic" here... Lobby cards from this x-mas "classic" below...

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Feliz Navidad and Merry Christmas from the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog

Originally published: 12/22/12 3:46 PM Pacific Standard Time

Wishing you and yours 
a stereotype-free 2014!!!!

Your gift?  The voice
of Speedy Gonzales, Mel Blanc,
"The Hat I Got for Christmas is too Big."*

*note: the bizarre lyrics of the
song merely confirm the argument
in Tex[t]-Mex regarding "Mexicans"
as synecdoche for a sordid sort
of sexual potentiality--but I will
hold this comment in reserve
for the rest of the holidays.

Christmas-time Semiotic Legacies of the Mexican Cinema's Golden Age

originally published 12/11/07, 10:16 AM

Tex[t]-Galleryblog would be a Scrooge if it did not share this tasty semiotic artifact I ran across this morning, a lobby card while trawling the visual cultural riches of the internet. Rene Cardona's Santa Claus--think Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer filtered through the mind of a peyote- and absinthe-sodden Ken Russell--is a movie for the ages.

IMDB's listing on this Dante's Inferno-laced holiday classic is here--an Onion review of it is here. Those crazy 'bots on Mystery Science Theater did a send up of Cardona's classic--regular readers of this space who own the DVD are welcome to send me a copy for Christmas, pretty please!

Holy Mother of God, I have struck the motherload--dig this archive of black & white stills from this glorious and decadent evocation of Santa Claus!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Louisiana's TURBOSQUID!!!! Yesterday's Most Pathetic Stereotypes Reimagined for the Digital Age of All our Cyber Tomorrows or Need a Sexy Latina or Bandit for your Animated Video

One of the infamous original members of the Taco Shop Poets and co-conspirator (along with Carlos Solorio) on my Mextasy.TV desmadre, Miguel-Angel Soria seems to have nothing else to do but to send me massive amounts of cyber tidbits filled with thrilling stereotype updates from the world of television and film production.  There, nestled in their dens in Hollywood (and Louisiana), these maniacs are busy building the NEXT generation of hot Latina bombshells, the next iteration of Alfonso Bedoya's I-don't-need-no-steenken-badges Mexican bandit.   Go here or here or here for your morning dose of digitally fine-tuned ethnic mannequins or peek above and below!

I love the way the African American digimannequin may be conceived of as a sexy business woman with some professional edge, whilst the winsome Latina lass's only concrete ontological quality is her essential sexyness--no business chops required!  The company that produces these monstrosities is called Turbosquid, out of Louisiana--maybe ace pinhead Bobby Jindal is associated with these cyberdumb rascals



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"I...I'm an Indian, Susan": Yet Another Chapter in the History of Ethnic Americans and the Comics, Native American Edition

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Pappy keeps striking gold over at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine--this time it's a comic that Fredric "I Killed the Comics with the Comics Code" Wertham took out of context in his anti-comics Inquisition of the 50s. "Forbidden to Love Him," a First Love comic, features a Native American who can pass--a common tale enough in the 50s when anti-miscegenation laws were the order of things in America. The crowd-scene from the climax, opposite, looks like a snapshot from a pro-Trump rally!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Textmex Galleryblog!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Friday, November 06, 2015

"Spanish John: The Caballero Killer" Latin Lover Sighting! "Spanish" (this time!) or "Mexican" (or Argentine, for that matter)--Yet Another Page in the History of a Stereotype

Just enough time for a quick link to Pappy's cool comics blog for a story from 1948 featuring a dapper "Spanish" Latin Lover (spoiler alert! he may not be "Spanish"). Longtime visitors of this blog are familiar with my familiar reminder that Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry are not field-tested, post-poststructuralism Anthropologists--a fancy way of saying that until quite recently, it just did not matter! It's akin to what happens in Southern California where Puerto Ricans, Costa Ricans, (even Brazilians!), are all "Mexican." In any event, this blog is dedicated to tracking the evolution of the Latin Lover stereotype and this tale, from 1948, is killer!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The History of Weird Tales: The Short Version? They Are Not Weird at All--Merely Compulsively Repeated, Projected Nightmares of Mexicans, Africans, Arabs, Asians, and More Running Off with Gorgeous White Women

It comes as no surprise when the main plot point becomes obvious in Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America--that the history of Mexican and Latina/o figuration in the cultural space of the United States is an endless loop of hallucinations, fantasies built around fear of miscegenation, promiscuous female sexual want, etc.  The backstory of xenophobia and nativist pandering from Hitler to Trump is merely a projection of genetic pool anxiety--the caucasian nightmare of swarthy n'ere-do-wells frolicking amidst white women's pudenda!

Weird Tales no doubt fueled these fears--fears that echo loudly with 'birthers' rant about taking back their  country, when anti-miscegenation rage (often fueled just by the sight of a biracial body (thanks Obama) or the sound of a Spanish-language accent) takes center stage. Here's wikipedia (give them some money so they stop acting like PBS around pledge-days) on Weird Tales:

Weird Tales is an American fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine first published in March 1923. It ceased its original run in September 1954, after 279 issues, but has since been revived. The magazine was set up in Chicago by J. C. Henneberger, an ex-journalist with a taste for the macabre. Edwin Baird was the first editor of the monthly, assisted by Farnsworth Wright.[1] The subgenre pioneered by Weird Tales writers has come to be called "weird fiction". The magazine's office were initially at 450 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, but later moved north to 840 North Michigan Ave.[2] {... more

Which brings us to a recent posting from the Golden Age Blog--chock full of telling Weird Tales covers; here, the utter fear/desire for S&M-laced sexuality between endangered caucasian lasses and dark-skinned, violent men explodes off the page with pornish regularity.

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