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I have been doing this blog de desmadres since 2007 and the regular visitor will have noticed a dearth of updates of late. Some of that has to do with the evolution of the blogosphere. Blogger, god love it, just has not made it as easy to post as Tumblr and Facebook, so a fair number of posts that used to go here now show up on the Facebook book page for Tex[t]-Mex or the Eyegiene tumblr (set up to support and be a resource for my new book Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race).
And, of course, there's the fabulous competition that have now far and away surpassed the scope of this venture--the amazing Pocho.com run by Lalo Alcaraz y su crew, Gustavo Arellano with Ask-a-Mexican and the OC Weekly (the rag he edits like William Randolph Hearst's lovechild fathered with Che Guevara and Lupe Velez) and the equally outrageous Latino Rebels--and I can't forget Sara Ines Calderon's internet universe nor the NewsTaco crew. This nefariously talented cabal of sites and people are more on top of things than I can be toiling away in my day job as a lit prof, so at some point, I just gave up trying.
Despite the passing of time, however, I intend to keep this beast alive, if only to support the evolving life of my original book with the University of Texas Press--Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America. Now in its latest incarnation as a traveling museum exhibition called Mextasy, Tex[t]-Mex, the blog, will always be there for you intrepid visitor, seeking answers to the mysteries of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Latinas/os and other strange brown beasts prowling the corridors of this (sometimes) beautiful planet!
Read about the evolution of Tex[t]-Mex to Mextasy in a piece I just published in Frederick Aldama's new edited anthology Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal with Palgrave with the gnarly title "Tex[t]-Mex, Seductive Hallucinations of the 'Mexican' in America, 2.0 or 'Narcissus Mexicanus': A Diary Chronicling the Transmogrifying Metamorphosis of a Mexican American’s Neurosis from Psyche to Book to Museum and on to the Internet."