Reviewed Work(s): The Useless Servants by Rolando Hinojosa; Review by: William Anthony Nericcio; Source: World Literature Today, Vol. 69, No. 1, Postmodernism/Postcolonialism (Winter, 1995), pp. 139-140; Published by: Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma; Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/40150959
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
What is Mextasy!? An Introduction to the Pop-Up "Circus of Desmadres" -- A Traveling Exhibition Coming Soon to a UC Riverside, and Perhaps, a Gallery, Museum, or University Near You!
Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious is a traveling pop-up or gallery-based art show/exhibit based on the work of William "Memo" Nericcio and Guillermo Nericcio García. The traveling exhibition was originally curated by Leticia Gómez Franco for Casa Familiar, San Ysidro, California, and Rachel Freyman Brown, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas. Upcoming shows are UC Riverside (virtual via Zoom, thx Covid!) and the University of Detroit, Mercy (eventually). Recent exhibitions include shows at Iowa State University and the Nepantla Cultural Arts Center, Seattle, Washington--other noteworthy gigs include performances at Northwestern University, Wabash College, California State University, San Bernardino, and Franklin & Marshall College.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Frederick Luis Aldama and William Nericcio LIVE via ZOOM : Talking #BrownTV: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen, Monday October 19, 2020 @ 12noon, Pacific Time
Be there! Get your dose of #browntv live via zoom Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 12 noon Pacific, 3pm East Coast, & 2pm en Tejas/Midwest... a book talk & conversation with @ProfessorLatinx & @eyegiene— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) October 18, 2020
special offer: https://t.co/Wo5kQIllpZ pic.twitter.com/4xibfpnPA7
Saturday, October 03, 2020
Ad-peeps agree! Talking #BrownTV is the cat's pajamas! 100s of color pictures/stills. Co-authored by @eyegiene & @ProfessorLatinx via Bookshop: https://t.co/BUajA4wMvA— talking #browntv (@browntv12) October 3, 2020
via @ohiostatepress https://t.co/mbleDTFubI
via AMZ https://t.co/qCrHs0cXRO | via Kindle https://t.co/1uS93PMg50 pic.twitter.com/aNa2HieZHs
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Director's Cut! Selena Quintanilla/Chrissy Hynde (Pretenders) Piece for WOWEE ZOWEE @ HiLobrow.com | Back on the Chain Gang Becomes Amor Prohibido via Xicanosmosis
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Selena, Amor Prohibido
The silvery electronic synthesizers that open Selena's Amor Prohibido (1994) usher listeners into a lush (sweet, but not treacly) aural landscape every bit as unpredictable and split (between English and Spanish) as the South Texas coastal shores that gave birth to this singing goddess of conjunto and, after Cesar Chavez (or, maybe ahead of him) the most famous Mexican American superstar the United States has ever known.
Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love) segues into No me queda mas (I have nothing left or nothing is left to me), a dreamy/sad meditation on loving and losing. The rest of the album is the stuff of memory, released just a few months before her callous assassination by Yolanda Saldívar, Selena's fan club president and agent for her fashion line in Mexico.
Selena's album's pièce de résistance, for me, however, is her cover / revision / rendition of the Pretenders' Back on the Chain Gang, here subjected to Tex-Mex metamorphosis by Selena and her band as Fotos y Recuerdos--the edge of Chrissy Hynde's cut is softened somewhat by the potentially cheezy synthesizer beat applied by Selena, but what emerges is actually a kind of conversation between the White American Rock and South Texas Tejano music, between the edgy pre-cursor to alternative rock and South Texas Chicano rhythms--you had no choice but to dance to the evocative catchy cadences of this next world beat, this mestizo magic.
Selena's title transformation also foregrounds what the Pretenders's version perhaps kept more obscure, the song a paean to nostalgia and memory (facilitated by a photograph, that most weirdly fetishistic and ubiquitous of objects).
When Selena's version was released I had recently moved to the West Coast from the chilly, barren enigma (to me) of Eastern Connecticut--I remember hearing Selena's Fotos y Recuerdos on the radio, as I bopped between Chula Vista and San Diego, San Ysidro and LA in my old 1980s-era VW Rabbit diesel. Here was a song that embodied what I came to call Xicanosmosis, (Chicana/o + Osmosis) where the jangling guitars and dangerous new wave crooning of Hynde and her band was force-fused with a decidedly "Mexican" consciousness--"Mexican" not Mexican, as it came from WITHIN the United States, from a South Texas borderlands with a mind (and wit, and language) of its own.
Selena's untimely death led to her short-term apotheosis onto the top of the music charts, but it also erased the possibility that her South Texas born/borne sound would dominate the ear-space (and the Zeitgeist) of the United States.
When JLo was chosen to play her in the requisite biopic (as if there was no difference between a Tejana and a New York Boriqua--you can imagine them in central casting "They both have big nalgas and speak Spanish"), something died, or better put, Selena died a second death--the unique charm and spark of a South Texas superstar silenced and elided a second time on the silver screen.
An edited, more pithy version of the piece above appears here, improved by the magic, pruning shears of Joshua Glenn, head agent at Hilobrow.com!
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Sunday, September 06, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Orson Welles's TOUCH OF EVIL Screening Today on TCM | Centerpiece Film of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America
Touch of Evil lobby cards, hand-tinted. This Welles classic is on later today on @tcm— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) August 30, 2020
An essay on 'Touch helped get me tenure, thx @ChonNoriega. Check it out here: https://t.co/eVW1jze9qN
Director's cut of essay here (free shipping!) --> https://t.co/j6p0BgUzzj thx @chrsgnzlz pic.twitter.com/6TWj4hTpRa
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Limited Time Offer | TALKING BrownTV: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen by Fede Aldama and Memo Nericcio | $27.95 and Free Shipping
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Through a limited time offer (as long as inventory lasts) we can offer the new book by Fede Aldama and Memo Nericcio, the Rosie Greer and Ray Milland (opposite) of Latinx/Mexy Cultural Studies: TALKING #BROWNTV!
Hit this button now, and it will be shipped to you from the rasquache Textmex world headquarters located in San Diego, CA!
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
A Twitter-based Discussion on Latina/o Stereotypes -- the Mexican Bandit or the Pirate in a Silver Age Jonah Hex Comic Book
Sunday, August 09, 2020
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The auction price for this priceless Speedy Gonzalez artifact got too rich for my blood--I think as of now, Sunday morning August 9, 2020, the price is around $150.00.
Still, a piece of American history--in particular, an American history focused on the production of ethnic American archetypes and stereotypes. And, a piece of the backstory of how 20th century animated masterpieces were forged.
More on the image from Heritage Auctions below and a reminder that I (literally) wrote the book on Speedy Gonzales--the key central chapter of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucination of the "Mexican" in America is focused on "the fastest mouse in all Mexico." Check it out here: https://amzn.to/2DrIouU
From Heritage Auctions page, https://comics.ha.com/itm/
Virgil Ross - Speedy Gonzales "Model Sheet" Drawing Original Art (Warner Brothers, c. 1990s).
He's "the fastest mouse in all Mexico" -- Speedy Gonzales!
"He was developed by Friz Freleng and animator Hawley Pratt; his official debut short, Speedy Gonzales (1955), was an Academy Award winner. One of the animators on that historic short was Virgil Ross, who drew this wonderful 16 field model sheet-style illustration with seven full-figure images of Speedy. Virgil Ross (1907-1996) was a long-time Warner Brothers animator who worked in the Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and Friz Freleng Units. He was famous for his action and dance sequences, as well as his facial expressions. Mr. Ross began releasing hand-painted Limited Edition cels of progressions of his famous Looney Tunes scenes as part of the "Masters Collection" for the Warner Brothers Studio Stores and animation galleries. He began making personal appearances where he created one-of-a-kind drawings of the Looney Tunes characters as well as other cartoons he worked on for other studios. He received the prestigious Winsor McCay Award in 1988. Image sizes on this signed illustration range from 4.5" to 5.5". Fine condition."
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Thursday, August 06, 2020
A Review of Recent Postings Focused on Talking #BrownTV, a New Cultural Studies Book Focused on Latinxers on TV and Beyond!
Shia LeBeouf: Xicanx-Identified Ally or Gringo in Brownface! Let the Discussion Begin ... #mextasy #textmex
@longdrivesouth, the great writer Daniel Hernandez, has a great new feature in the @latimes on Shia LeBouf's new Xicanx gangster flick The Tax Collector ... very cool piece!https://t.co/5IzZbwiCmv pic.twitter.com/LlZvHfrZvp— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) August 6, 2020
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
In the interim, I have been publishing advanced snippets of the book as a regular contributor to Josh Glenn's Hilobrow.com cultural studies site. What appears below originally appeared, slightly truncated, on that site--you can see it here: Below appears the Director's cut edition, warts and all.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Monday, July 06, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
My Friend Frederick Luis Aldama Has A New Children's Literature Classic You Have to Get Your Hands On! Breaking News: Chupacabra Charilie Breaks Children Out of ICE Cages! News at 11...
My review of CHUPACABRA CHARLIE by @ProfessorLatinx for @ohiostatepress ...— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) June 28, 2020
Pick up a copy here https://t.co/IuKUQfrnz3#mextasy #kidlit
A chupacabra breaking kids out of ICE cages? Magic! pic.twitter.com/f0vkRnwvIG
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Friday, June 26, 2020
And in breaking news from our 1970s sports desk, more Talking #BrownTV shilling afoot!— talking #browntv (@browntv12) June 26, 2020
Now on sale @Bookshop_Org Bookshop https://t.co/BKXRUDgJqy
or via @ohiostatepress https://t.co/mbleDTFubI
or via AMZ: https://t.co/qCrHs0cXRO ...
or Kindle: https://t.co/1uS93PMg50 pic.twitter.com/IvkZ02DT2v
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Frederick Luis Aldama and William A. Nericcio's TALKING #BrownTV on Chris Gonzalez's Podcast! HOSPITABLE IMAGINATIONS!
Be sure to give THIS just breaking HOSPITABLE IMAGINATIONS podcast—with @eyegiene & @ProfessorLatinx by @chrsgnzlz on TALKING #BrownTV —a listen!— talking #browntv (@browntv12) June 23, 2020
Direct podcast linkazo: https://t.co/pFNeYf7JXd
#browntv via AMZ: https://t.co/qCrHs0cXRO or Kindle: https://t.co/1uS93PMg50 pic.twitter.com/XyCyPlzJoL
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Extraordinary Schoolhouse Rocks-style Animated Video on Slavery, Juneteenth, and More -- by the Roots via Black-ish and Boingboing.com
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
What are you talking about!? That picture was taken a few weeks ago || New adventures in #browntv book shilling!!!
Monday, June 15, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
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Fake news! Pay no heed to the auto-cad imagineer. He had NOTHING to do with TALKING #BrownTV, by @eyegiene + @ProfessorLatinx— talking #browntv (@browntv12) June 11, 2020
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Friday, June 05, 2020
Literati of All Stripes (Especially those Sick of POC Stereotypes!) are Reaching for Talking #BrownTV
She loved Joyce, Miller, and other literati! Why not Talking #BrownTV!!!— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) June 5, 2020
Now on sale via AMZ https://t.co/GY4qvDil7i ...
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apologies #marilynmonroe pic.twitter.com/bAOUFM4q4E
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Save $6.00 (buy yourself a nice glass of wine) and then treat yourself to the latest critical ruminations on the past, present, and future of Latinas/os/xers on TV and the silver screen! https://t.co/wYfb4UnIlC— talking #browntv (@browntv12) May 28, 2020
Talking #BrownTV by the fused brains of @eyegiene & @ProfessorLatinx pic.twitter.com/vuSwsLOF37
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Friday, May 15, 2020
TALKING #BrownTV by Frederick Luis Aldama and yours truly!
Now on sale via Bezos's metastasizing site, https://amzn.to/3ecVCJp ...
... and now, via Bookshop ...
or via the horse's mouth, our amazing publisher, The Ohio State University Press ...
or, Bezos, again, ack, Kindle:
#mextasy #textmex #browntv
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Monday, May 04, 2020
Let dinner burn! Then console yourself with TALKING #BrownTV by Frederick Aldama & William Nericcio! Now on sale via Bookshop ... https://t.co/OuO1MCJNDX). or via our publisher, The OSU Press ... https://t.co/UonahhdDEQ— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) May 5, 2020
or, via Bezos's metastasizing site ... https://t.co/GY4qvD0KfK pic.twitter.com/DlgDVoQvMN
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
THE THING WITH TWO HEADS Rides Again! Frederick Luis Aldama's and William Anthony Nericcio's Talking #BrownTV | puro #mextasy
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
An Audio Version (with links to high-res slides) of a Lecture on Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE with SDSU Professor, William Nericcio
My latest class lecture on #tonimorrison's #thebluesteye— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) April 28, 2020
This is an audio version of the filmed Zoom lecture coming later ... Link to high-res images noted in the lecture included:https://t.co/DFfJ0uDaSk pic.twitter.com/tgtKuZ2z07
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Edward James Olmos @edwardjolmos ... How do I love thee, let me count the ways! #mextasy— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) April 25, 2020
“I love being Chicano,” Olmos said. “It’s a very empowering word.”https://t.co/9L6wJqvfJb pic.twitter.com/LNWD5OQMrJ
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
More designs here: https://mextasy.threadless.comIn case your wardrobe is getting you down during the quarantine, a bright little piece of #mextasy swag to light up your closet (if you have not already turned it into your office!) ... https://t.co/49xEUv5TIY pic.twitter.com/uS8eFJjETQ— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) April 5, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Professor Roy Whitaker with Professor William Nericcio: A Zoom Lecture on Mexican American Writer Daniel Olivas, Author of San Diego State University Press's THINGS WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT
Roy Whitaker, Bill Nericcio: Things We Do Not Talk About (TWDNTA) When Thinking About Daniel Olivas's TWDNT from Mextasy on Vimeo.
"Things We Do Not Talk About When Thinking About Daniel Olivas's THINGS WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT: Latinx Spirituality in the Age of Hate." A public lecture on April 14, 2020 at SDSU with Professors Roy Whitaker and Bill Nericcio. You can consult high resolution versions of the Zoom graphic slides here: bit.ly/nericcio-on-olivas
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Textmex and #browntv Allies Give Our New Podcast a Listen (and leave a comment to blunt the racist Trolls,)
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Saturday, April 04, 2020
Students are asking me for reading lists during our pandemic! I thought I would share a link to all my past classes--that's close to 30 years of online syllabi to pillage for books that I think are cool!) ... the link is here (prepare to scroll) https://t.co/01cZVfebEG pic.twitter.com/YOJipG09Wn— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) April 4, 2020
Friday, April 03, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Saturday, March 21, 2020
#repost from my facebook page ... Gilbert Hernandez's Rendition of Frida Kahlo's Life Story || #mextasy #loveandrockets #fridakahlo
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Of Mexicans, Mota (Marijuana), Witchcraft, the Dark Arts and More! Cavalcade Magazine, 1951 #nomextasy #textmex
Self-imprisoned with my family, doing my small part to slow the spread of our global pandemic friend, the Coronavirus, I chanced upon yet another example of another virus, familiar to readers of the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog! Stereotypicus Mexicanus-19!
In this case, the year is 1951, the nation/continent? Australia (of all places). The genocide of their autochthonous aborigines not enough to quench their thirsts, Australians and Australian pulp fiction readers turned to Cavalcade Magazine for lurid sustenance:
"[Cavalcade was a] Australian men's magazine that began in the early 1940s during WWII. The book started out with some fairly serious subject matter as much of the features had to to do with the war. The early cartoons and gags were also benign at first. As time went on the magazine became more risque both in cartoons and in the lurid/sensational text stories. Some issues featured the well done comic stories with art by Phil Belbin. By the end of the book's run it was more akin to Playboy."
via Comic Books Plus
The confluence of stereotypes here in this "Marihuana Madness" piece is noteworthy--druggy shiftless Mexicans, voodooed out Cubans, etc. The mind reels!
As with most pictures on the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog, click them to make them mas grande!
Of course in magazines of this species, it's not enough to malign swarthy folks--you also have to throw in some "cheesecake."