Thursday, October 16, 2008

Direct to Video or Direct to the Recycling Bin? Chicano Blood

I am not going to have time to screen Chicano Blood right now though I should if only because it is streaming free on the internets; but I do have time to post a picture of it opposite and link to the user reviews it has garnered via imdb. Brace yourself: taint pretty!

Michele Serros: Plastic Horse Fetishist and Cinephile!

A quick link to a Media Rights profile of, interview with Michele Serros, the Sarah Silverman of Chicanadom! There's a nice blurb on Serros, opposite Oprah!, here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Internet is an Amazing Thing

Darren Aronofsky, one of my favorite directors, and an artist whose vision and aesthetic are a perfect complement to my Naked Mirrors, Fractured Souls seminar, especially his breakout film Pi.

Eyegiene Allegory: Lupe Velez Meets Roland Barthes in Jean Baudrillard's Foyer with Michael Powell Filming...

My warm thanks to Ann Arbor, Michigan reader Kristy Rawson, our brand spanking new Midwest correspondent, who sends in this cool picture of Lupe Velez that she scooped off of eBay. It is, among other things, a prescient allegory on the theme of spectacle:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Carlos Fuentes Wins the Don Quixote Prize in Spain

More here; and in Spanish, here--a big abrazo to new KCR DJ Eduardo Santacruz for the links. Lots of pictures from the Award ceremony by hitting the image above!

Leo Chavez on the Latino Threat

Dan Olivas on Marisela Norte's Peeping Tom Tom Girl Collection

I got tired of waiting for the El Paso newspaper server to load! Here's a .jpg version with an extra picture of the one and only Norte!

More of a Type, than a Stereotype....

I don't quite know how to characterize this pin-up magazine cover--it is not quite a Tex[t]-Mextian prototype, but it is damn near close. What do you think?


The Heirs of Jonathan Swift

Decals of Sleeping Mexicans and other 30s/40s Era Ideas for Decorating Your Room

I write about these decals in the Seductive Hallucination galleries of Tex[t]-Mex, but I had not thought till now to post these wall-decorating lovelies here on the blog. I like to dream of growing up in a room decorated with these lovelies and trying to think how that might have warped my already addled mind--my room in Laredo was tattooed, instead, with Wacky Packages, much to the rage of my mother. In any event, here they are from the Meyercord Company, of Chicago, and the Duochrome Company of New York and Los Angeles, wall appliques of a "Mexican" yesteryear.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Special "Naked Mirrors" Edition of the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog

Gentle readers, our posting today is especially directed at my English 220.10 students who are both suffering (they are reading the Touch of Evil chapter in Tex[t]-Mex) and anticipating pleasure (they get to screen Touch of Evil, Welles's masterpiece tomorrow).

So beloved students! I found a film that embodies the kind of relationship I want your to develop with your journal. If you can allow 11% of the imagination that inhabits this award-winning short by Evelien Lohbeck to fuel your own experiments with your journals, anything is possible!