Saturday, October 24, 2009

Spanish Speakers Lectured on Water Balloons Whilst Eaten by Mountain Lions!

Thanks for Happy Aston for bringing this to my eyes via Facebook!

Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles Item Auctions


If you have read Tex[t]-Mex, you know that there are key chapters on Orson Welles's Touch of Evil and the career of Rita Hayworth; here are some cool recent auction items that have come up for bid of late at the Heritage Auctions site. The Touch of Evil Lobby cards, above, are priceless!

What I Want for Christmas!

What is a Chicana/Chicano? Woman and Man in the Street Edition, San Diego

Contrary to what one might expect given the economic climate for newspapers nationwide, The San Diego Union-Tribune maintains a weekly Spanish edition of their paper called Enlace--you can see it here. Every week they feature an-interview-folks-in-the-street sidebar that is usually filled with everyman pathos and humor; this week's is priceless. The question: "do you know what is a Chicana or a Chicano? Two of my faves appear below along with most of the page--you can download the whole issue as a .pdf here (this link will ONLY be good thru October 30, 2009.)

The experts on all things Chicano/a? Culture Clash!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lou Dobbs! Agent of Treason

...the cost of Dobbs, Coulter, Limbaugh, and Beck...


Talking Points Memo noted that Ronald Kessler, the author of a recently released book on the Secret Service's protection of U.S. presidents, recently said that threats against President Obama are up 400 percent from the number of threats levied against former President George W. Bush, while the size of the agency's staff has only increased by 5.3 percent. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that the U.S. has seen a 35 percent rise in hate groups in recent years, and few doubt that the discontent stirred up over the election of an African-American president is fueling the rise in threats. But, could the influx of modern technology also be to blame?

The Pink Lady Cabbies of Mexico City

Boston-based correspondent Daphne Strassmann writes in with a link to a story out of Mexico City perfect for a gender studies graduate student with a kink for technology and urban culture; hit the image for the link.

More Curious Visual Artifacts for the Eyegiene Project

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cyber Mexican Resistance! Web 2.0 XicanOsmosis

Walt Disney, Professor of Ethnic Studies; Endowed Chair of Advanced Stereotypes

original posting: 9/29/07

I hope to flesh this out more in the second edition of Tex[t]-Mex, but one of the things I failed to elaborate--and this is odd as this is where the kernel of the idea for the book emerged--was the evolution of Latino subjectivities in comic books; of course, I am indebted here to the crazy-good work of Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart in Dorfman, How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic and Dorfman solo in The Empire's Old Clothes.

In any event, this image here to the right, from a web page that archives references to "I don't need no steenken' badges" web-allusions (!) merits further scrutiny. One question for my more comic-savvy galleryblog readers, is this a Carl Barks illustrated page?

UPDATE on DISNEY's alleged "Mexican" roots! {October 20, 2009}

Monday, October 19, 2009

Eyegiene: Harvey Comic Style with Little Dot

Me and my sister Josie learned everything we know about art and writing from comics like this that my grandmother, Ana Juarez, hoarded and hid under her mattress at her house on Cedar Street in Laredo, Texas

Los Cenzontles, Taj Mahal, and David Hidalgo | American Horizon

Gracias to my friend, the Mexican writer and journalist Pablo Jaime Sáinz for shoving this under my eyes and into my ears! órale!

Tim Wise on Glenn Beck and Neo-Fascism

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Yvette Mimieux: Subterranean Chicana Femme Fatales, Numero Uno

A California-born and raised child of a French Papa and a Mexican mami! More here.

The still above hails from The Time Machine (1960).

TACO LAND in San Antonio, RIP via NPR

Thanks to Canicula-brainiac Norma Cantú, (de Laredo, por supuesto) for bringing this link about a landmark contemporary musical ruin in San Antonio to my attention via Facebook. Hit the image for the NPR-link.

Eyegiene via

Beam Me Up Scotty! Leonard Nimoy on the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog

The 50th Anniversary Company of Angels Awards show in LA was a blast--I don't have time to post captions yet, but here are some snapshots from the show!

Culture Clash accepting the Company of Angels Award

Bill Nericcio, Ric Salinas and Onahoua Rodriguez

Leonard Nimoy, Lila & Bill Nericcio

Mrs and Mr. Leonard Nimoy with Ric Salinas, Culture Clash

One more photo--last Thursday, October 15, 2009, was my last day as Chair of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU; after a tumultuous two-years that saw our department rise, thrive, and evolve into a West Coast arts force, the toll of the budget cuts and increasing clashes with well-meaning and demented colleagues (they know who they are) left me with no choice but to bow out gracefully. Here's a final shot of the Chair's office @! I look forward to my return to the classroom in January 2010 and continued success as the Director of MALAS, SDSU.


More photos from the red carpet at the COMPANY OF ANGELS gala!

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