Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Another Alcove in the Gallery of Bizarre Caucasian Representations


Speedy Gonzales Sighting!

source: Patrick Owsley Cartoon Art and More

Mextasy: Mextasy! At the University of Michigan! The Second Week of March! Details to Follow...

William A. Nericcio (yours truly!) reading from
sections of the forthcoming book Eyegiene...

¡Reproducing Comparision Via Mextasy!
Scoptophilic Meditations on the 
Naked Eye, Sabotage, and Televisual Subjectivities, Circa 2011 

@ the University of Michigan
... coming in March

an updated flyer appears here...

I want to take the time here to thank all of the groups, departments, centers, etc that are responsible for my three day residency in the land of the Wolverines!  These include:

Click the images for links to these rad, cool cohorts...

Latina/o Studies at the University of Michigan

Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan

Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan

The Department of English Language and Literature @ the University of Michigan

Latin American and Caribbean Studies @ the University of Michigan

The Program in American Culture @ the University of Michigan

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

My Tejano Motherland is on Fire: Nuevo Laredo Assassination

MEXICAN JOE by Jim Reeves

Marc García-Martínez is in the house with a guest posting.....

Of MEXICAN JOE and Other Thoughts

Marc García-Martínez

Mi estimado catedrático Nericcio... Feliz Año Nuevo to you and the family! You know I would not be contacting you if I did not have another worthy-of-consideration hackneyed chingadera to lay on ya. First of all, have you (or anyone else in our intrepid cadre from the municipal and academic communities) ever come up with the phrase “¡Eye-caramba!”? I think it sits fittingly with your cool “Eyegiene” neologism. Let me know if it works for you! Second and more important, I came across this an old gabacho corrido memorializing some renowned licentious behavior of a true Latino ne'er-do-well, tax cheat, poor dancin’ man, and all-around frontera Lothario by the name of “Joe.” A true work of subcultural art, to be sure, so go ahead and check out this command performance by none other than that zany Texas ambassador of twang, Jim Reeves—and the lyrics to this cansado y estúpido corrido.
Let us know what you think., Marc G-M


South of the border, hey, I know a lad,
He's got more fun than anybody's had,
Don't got no worry, don't got no dough,
Everybody's wondering 'bout Mexican Joe.
In old Mexico, they call him the Rhumba King,
Leads all the women around on a string,
When they go out, they get a million thrills,
But the lovely senoritas wind up with the bills.

Dancin', romancin',
Always on the go,
Sun shinin' down on Mexican Joe

He makes the night spots all along the bay,
People want to see him when he comes their way,
He spreads so much joy everywhere he goes,
Everyone shouts "Viva la Mexican Joe."
He likes to gamble, at poker he's an ace,
He's always lucky with the cards that got a face,
At winning the money, he is sure a whiz,
But when they win they don't collect
'cause they don't know where he is.

Dancin', romancin',
Always on the go,
Sun shinin' down on Mexican Joe

He don't got no income tax 'cause he don't got no dough,
Still he gets along just fine, how we'll never know,
He's got everything he wants, a girl, a drink, a song,
If we use his formula, we surely can't go wrong.
His favorite playground is anywhere there's girls,
He's got that somethin' that sets their hearts a-whirl,
It couldn't be his money 'cause he ain't got a peso,
But when he wants a kiss all he's got to do is say so
He spreads so much joy everywhere he goes,
Everyone shouts "Viva la Mexican Joe."

WHY BRACEROS, from 1959; and CYBRACEROS, 1997 by Alex Rivera

I am in the debt of music/cultural studies wunderkind Josh Kun for posting a link to this 1959 documentary on the Bracero program this morning on Facebook; the film, basically propaganda meant to allay the fears of Americans regarding an influx of invading seasonal Mexican fieldworkers shows how fickle immigration POLICY can be when it comes to business interests:

and, next, this--a brilliant short film by Alex Rivera, Cybraceros, from 1997, that posits the future of Mexican immigration and farmwork in America:

Monday, February 07, 2011

Mira nomás. From Britain but made in Taiwan.

by Daphne Santana Strassmann
East Coast Correspondent | The Tex[t]-Mex Gallerblog

Mexicans got an apology (sort of) from Top Gear's Britons. But now? Guanabee tells us that the Top Gear slur scandal, got the Taiwanese Animation treatment (just like Al Gore). Eso!

Here's another take on the growing controversy:

Año Uña

...a huge tip of the hat to Eduardo Santacruz, regular Galleryblog contributor for the link to this trailer...

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