Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Only Thing Missing from this Cool Fashion Latina Diva Site? Where's the Rita Hayworth Bag?

Cutting-edge accessory fetishisation to endorse and wear.

Thanks Guanabee!

Mextasy! Coming Soon to McAllen and Weslaco, Texas!

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy: The Last Chapter of the Cactus Cafe and Griff Luneburg, in the Austin Chronicle

I was never so happy as when I was a bartender, working with Griff Luneburg, Mary Ganzon, Jay Whitley, and the rest of the gang at the Cactus Cafe, UT campus, Austin, Texas--being a literature/cultural studies professor is ok but being a cantinero rocked! I worked there and in the Texas Union from 1982-84, and in the summer of 1987, as a bartender/barrista. Recently, the University of Texas went another way and the legendary Luneberg found himself out of the director's chair there for the first time in decades. Long live Griff! Best wishes, old chum!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Touting the Work of the Border Angels!

Yet Another Chapter in the History of Mextasy, aka Mexican American Sexuality! Ivory Tower, Whips Edition

Thanks to Maria Carla Sánchez for "hitting us" with this link!

Makeover or Colonialization?

If this had been a nose job or botox, would we be all over Lila Down's new look? So she left Frida behind. Big deal! No mantas,escapulario earrings,Oaxacan-themed bodices. She let her trenzas down.

Her voice? Still velvety.

Check out what Jezebel says, via Tous les Garcons et les Filles



Ms. Magazine: Regressive new laws targeting immigrants and others spark nationwide protests | Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cool Raza Unida Voting Poster

thanks to cool scholar @ michigan, maria cotera--
i stole this poster off her facebook page!

Holy Latin Lover! 'Bingo Crosbyana' on the Textmex Galleryblog!

thanks to Sandy Chase, ace animation detective, for the find and the link! more

Mexicans and Orange County: Gustavo Arellano, Once Again!

Of Glenn Back and Osama Bin Laden | Mr. Fish


More, by Mr. Fish, here, at

The Agony and the [Mex]tasy: Feliz Cumpleaños México! September 16, 2010, 200 Years Young

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Mexico in the throes of its worst domestic violence since the early 20th century--but there are no Villas or Zapatas afoot, more like Capone and Madoff running the show from Nuevo Laredo to Saltillo and beyond. Mexico at the brink of a renaiassance--a world class, first world embodiment of cultural invention and fusion: from Lucha Libre to futbol to Sabado Gigante to Univision, Mexico, the fountain of next-generation visual culture--del Toro, Cuaron, and Iñarritu, the three horsemen of the cinematic apocalypse.

So happy bicentennial, Mexico--buena suerte! May mala Fortuna turn away from you in the near future, in our newish century.

The show I am opening along the Rio Grande river in McAllen in two weeks, Mextasy, is dedicated to the old motherland and my peculiar fatherland. Mextasy is more than a representation of ecstasy about or for Mexico; it is about the sensuous tracings Mexican culture leaves on both sides of the border. More existential state than archive, Mextasy speaks to the living organism of Mexicanicity as it osmotically moves between the bodies of Mexico and the United States--an overt and covert delicious miasma that arouses as it excites, excites as it provokes.

¡Que viva Mexico!, within and without its borders.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lalo Alcaraz, Poster Boy for SDSU! Local Chicano Makes Good and Spills Some Ink in the Process

The image above links to a cool story by ace cultural arts journalist Lorena Nava Ruggero--here's a video Lalo did with the SDSU MarkComm folks:

The New York Jets, Ines Sainz, Men's Lockers and the Tale of Mexicans, Once Again, Soliciting Problems With Their Bodies

I don't have the time I need to weigh in on this story of sweaty men's genitals, bombshell Latina journalists, the mass media, the blogosphere, etc. I will leave the round-up to The New York Times and the New York Post, where I lifted the video below.

With chapters on Lupe Velez and Rita Hayworth (and cameos by Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz), Tex[t]-Mex argues that Mexican and Latina/o bodies become synecdoches (a fancy word for short-cuts, part for whole, like 'all hands on deck') for the realm of the sexual--no doubt Ines Sainz's antics with Jet jocks will do a lot to cement this trope for the next few weeks.

Machete! Danny Trejo Interview in Time Magazine

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