Thursday, December 26, 2013

¿Who Who Who Deserves the Title???!!!! The Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog's 2013 Pendeja/o of the Year Award!!!!

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All, I need help!

I just can't decide who deserves the coveted 2013 PENDEJA/O of the Year Award from the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog! Pick from one of these eight glorious pendejas/os and let me know below--feel free to write one in if your fave 2013 pendeja/o is missing)! Vote below or go to our Facebook page and leave your vote/comments there!!!

Phyllis "Latinas/os don't understand the Bill of Rights" Schlafly

Edith "Blacks/Mexicans more prone to crime" Jones

Jason "Non-whites not as smart as whites" Richwine

Cathrynn "Rape Victims are Felons" Brown

Pete "I can't even look at you Obama" Sessions

Chris "Gay sex is a sin" Broussard"

Sean "Obama like Trayvon because he 'smoked pot' and did 'a little blow'" Hannity

Paula "Samboburger" Dean

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013

Nothing Says Christmas and Santa Claus Better than René Cardona's SANTA CLAUS (1959)! "Mexicans," the Devil, and Mucho Mas More!

More on René Cardona's masterpiece here: Info on its Mystery Science Theatre treatment is here:

 Here is a streaming view of the film in its entirety:

 Here is a streaming view of the entire MST3000 treatment:

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Homework con Drama: Long Live the Telenovela!

I make no secret of my eternal addiction to Telenovelas. So imagine how delightful it was to see this homework assignment. "So I had to do a Spanish assignment to show I can speak the language- everyone else did a song.... I made this." Wrote Julie Bryan on Reddit. 


A new print for sale at the Mextasy/Eyegiene Tictail Shoppe! Lupe Velez!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Thank You to the Readers, Lurkers, Visitors, and Accidental Guests of the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog

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Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

I have been doing this blog de desmadres since 2007 and the regular visitor will have noticed a dearth of updates of late. Some of that has to do with the evolution of the blogosphere. Blogger, god love it, just has not made it as easy to post as Tumblr and Facebook, so a fair number of posts that used to go here now show up on the Facebook book page for Tex[t]-Mex or the Eyegiene tumblr (set up to support and be a resource for my new book Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race).

And, of course, there's the fabulous competition that have now far and away surpassed the scope of this venture--the amazing run by Lalo Alcaraz y su crew, Gustavo Arellano with Ask-a-Mexican and the OC Weekly (the rag he edits like William Randolph Hearst's lovechild fathered with Che Guevara and Lupe Velez) and the equally outrageous Latino Rebels--and I can't forget Sara Ines Calderon's internet universe nor the NewsTaco crew. This nefariously talented cabal of sites and people are more on top of things than I can be toiling away in my day job as a lit prof, so at some point, I just gave up trying.

Despite the passing of time, however, I intend to keep this beast alive, if only to support the evolving life of my original book with the University of Texas Press--Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America. Now in its latest incarnation as a traveling museum exhibition called Mextasy, Tex[t]-Mex, the blog, will always be there for you intrepid visitor, seeking answers to the mysteries of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Latinas/os and other strange brown beasts prowling the corridors of this (sometimes) beautiful planet!


Read about the evolution of Tex[t]-Mex to Mextasy in a piece I just published in Frederick Aldama's new edited anthology Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal with Palgrave with the gnarly title "Tex[t]-Mex, Seductive Hallucinations of the 'Mexican' in America, 2.0 or 'Narcissus Mexicanus': A Diary Chronicling the Transmogrifying Metamorphosis of a Mexican American’s Neurosis from Psyche to Book to Museum and on to the Internet."

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Votes Are In! Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) Unanimously Elected OCTOBER 2013 PENDEJO OF THE MONTH! "I Can't Even Look at You Edition"

Texas politicos just love the notoriety that comes with being a Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog PENDEJO OF THE MONTH--witness the pendejoness of Pete Sessions (bizarre caucasian bestiary candidate numero uno) who in a meeting with President Obama over the recent budget meltdown mouthed words of infamy (and classlessness) at the "leader of the free world." Sessions comment? "I cannot even stand to look at you".... which would be funny if it wasnt old school racist logic fueling the fires of his utterance.

More on the debacle from the Daily Kos.  and from the Huffington Post and from everyone.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Feliz Cumpleaños Celia y Gracías a Google

Without apology, here at Tex[t]Mex we express fawning adoration for epic Latina screen sirens.  These women hold an indelible place in the world's entertainment history, in spite of constant discrimination, and alienation from their own heritages. Today Google made our day by dedicating a Google Doodle to the powerhouse singer Celia Cruz. Take a look:

About Celia

Y más
I dare you to listen without dancing

Monday, October 07, 2013

Alfonso Cuarón Does More than Harry Potter and Children of Men! GRAVITY and the Global Impact of Mexican Intelligentsia on World Cinema

Cool story in the LA Times on Alfonso Cuarón's GRAVITY--I don't have time right now to blog about it, but the impact of Mexican figures (Carlos Slim, Guillermo Del Toro) on global media and entertainment is a key part of our evolutionary now...

Friday, October 04, 2013

It just keeps happening ... Fox "News" marking National Taco Day in the only way it can.

Hey, you are brunette, named Maria, give off a sexy Latina vibe, so you must have grown-up on tacos, right?  WTF!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

just some old emails to my class...

  • Key Diary Updates!!!! 
    Posted on: Friday, January 31, 2014
    robots!!!!! be sure to refresh your cache (reload your page) so you get the latest updates!!!

    over and out

    Posted by: William Nericcio
  • Posted to: ENGL220-03-Spring2014 English 220.03 Robotic Erotic Electric
  • good news and last chance to easily pick up your required textbook POETRY INTERNATIONAL  
  • Posted on: Friday, January 31, 2014
    more apologies as PI staff again let us down today!!!!... BUT, to the RESCUE...
    the editor in chief blew a gasket
    and now... more hours to exchange 6 george
    washingtons for paper and joy:
    read for details!
  • ---------- Forwarded message ----------
  • From: Jenny Minniti- Shippey 
    Date: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM
    Subject: Re: Poetry International Problems
    To: ""
    Hi again,
    Booksellers coming to your class Tuesday, and the office will be open 11-3 Monday and 12:30-3 Tuesday.


    T hanks, Jenny!!!!

    Dr. William Anthony Nericcio
  • Director, Master of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences (MALAS)
  • Professor, English & Comparative Literature
  • San Diego State University | MC 6020 | A&L 273
  • San Diego, California 92182-6020 office phone: 619.594.1524 This email is a natural product. All noted variations in 
  • spelling and grammar enhance its individual character 
  • and beauty and in no way are to be considered flaws or 
  • defects. As such, please do not forward this missive without
    asking permission in writing. links: cyber-index @eyegiene   textmex@facebook   blog   tumblr  

  • Posted by: William Nericcio
  • Posted to: ENGL220-03-Spring2014 English 220.03 Robotic Erotic Electric

  • this and that... 
    Posted on: Friday, January 31, 2014
    androids! robots! cyborgs! reminders that you have to 'like' our robotic erotic electric facebook
    page in order to get class updates--
    you can do that here. remember that
    facebook pages archive outside
    posts on a different page here--
    this is in case you are worried
    that your posting did not go
    also, i am seeing posts on social
    media with links  telling you
    where to see HER online free.
    setting aside ethical matters, it
    see a movie on a computer
    and in the theatre. in terms of
    brain science, it's an other
    experience altogether.
    there are great matinees
    tomorrow and sunday
    at fashion valley--a trolley
    trip away for those of you
    stuck on campus! believe
    me, Jonze's opus is worth
    7 bucks!
    updates to your page diary
    in an hour or two...
    bill nericcio
    head robot

Monday, September 30, 2013

Visit the Eyegiene/Mextasy Tictail Shop to Adorn your Walls with Textmextian Semiotic (and Semi-idiotic) Madness!

Semiotic Xicanosmosis: Remarkable 1960s Tourism Poster from Mexico Anticipates the Entire Pop Surrealism Movement in the United States and Abroad!

Marty Robbins, Breaking Bad Finale, Felina and More

I will probably come back to this soon to grapple with it in more detail, but I wanted to point out that Breaking Bad's conclusion is totally suffused with Tex[t]-Mextian intrigue, beginning with the Marty Robbin's ballad El Paso that provides the foundation (if not a total foreshadowing) of the final episode Felina's events.  Here's a good recap of last night's final episode--filled with spoilers (you were warned!!!).

Here are the lyrics for the Robbins classic and a couple of cool streaming versions of the song, below, one recorded live in Australia:


Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl.
Night-time would find me in Rosa's cantina;
Music would play and Felina would whirl.

Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina,
Wicked and evil while casting a spell.
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden;
I was in love but in vain, I could tell.

One night a wild young cowboy came in,
Wild as the West Texas wind.
Dashing and daring,
A drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina,
The girl that I loved.

So in anger I

Challenged his right for the love of this maiden.
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore.
My challenge was answered in less than a heart-beat;
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor.

Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
Shocked by the FOUL EVIL deed I had done.
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there;
I had but one chance and that was to run.

Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran,
Out where the horses were tied.
I caught a good one.
It looked like it could run.
Up on its back
And away I did ride,

Just as fast as I

Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the bad-lands of New Mexico.

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless.
Everything's gone in life; nothing is left.
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death.

I saddled up and away I did go,
Riding alone in the dark.
Maybe tomorrow
A bullet may find me.
Tonight nothing's worse than this
Pain in my heart.

And at last here I

Am on the hill overlooking El Paso;
I can see Rosa's cantina below.
My love is strong and it pushes me onward.
Down off the hill to Felina I go.

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys;
Off to my left ride a dozen or more.
Shouting and shooting I can't let them catch me.
I have to make it to Rosa's back door.

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side.
Though I am trying
To stay in the saddle,
I'm getting weary,
Unable to ride.

But my love for

Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen,
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest.
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle.
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.

From out of nowhere Felina has found me,
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side.
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for,
One little kiss and Felina, good-bye. 

{more below the two videos}

addenda: check out UCSD profe Curtis Marez' piece on Breaking Bad in Critical Inquiry online.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Día de Los Halloweenos- Mashed-up Mexification

Not too long ago, Walt Disney Corporation muy unsuccessfully attempted to trademark "Día De Los Muertos." Pues si! It should have made sense that this venerable holiday, with all its significant traditions, does not belong to a company. Lately though, I have noticed the slight trend to throw in a dash of Día de Los Muertos con el Halloween. Check out this merchandise in the Pottery Barn Holiday/Halloween selection. {}

Almost fifteen years ago Martha Stewart became the ambassador of monochromatic and elegant productions for all events (It's a good thing). Her trend spread quickly to the "majors," (Christmas and Thanksgiving), and retailers, like Pottery Barn took notice. Then came Easter, Saint Valentine's day, and finally: Halloween. So keep an eye out friends, and if you see more Día de Los Muertos creeping into the orange and black holiday, tell us: Is it intrusion or inclusion?

Friday, September 06, 2013

Mexy Excitement (and Latina/o Hijinks) Your Way Cometh, Adrian College, Michigan, and the Midwest!!!!! The MEXTASY Exhibition September 2013

Streaming video updates below | August 25, 2013

The rumors I started are true--nurturing my wanderlusting Tejano fetish for the American Midwest (where even Cleveland or Columbus shimmer on the horizon of my consciousness like Reykjavic or Paris do for others), I have set my sights again on Michigan (sorry Ann Arbor, no Wolverine desmadres this time) and the balmy climes of Adrian at a college there called, you guessed it, Adrian College. Located near the financially infamous (of late) Motor City of Detroit, Adrian is known for fences. That's right! Fences--and whilst this gives your border-rat textmex blogger some pause (especially with the all the neo-fascist fervor for border walls these days), I am going to hold my tongue for the moment as the fine liberal arts college is also know for something much more important--social justice.

Here's wikipedia on Adrian: "In the late 19th century through early 20th century Adrian was known as the 'fence capital of the world,' when J. Wallace Page invented the first successful wire fence. Throughout this period, Adrian was one of the first fencing manufacturers in the world and its fences were shipped as far as New York, Berlin, Asia, and Africa." Working in Adrian's favor is the denouement of this microhistory where J. Wallace Page's company  sponsors "the highly successful Page Fence Giants Black baseball team." But Adrian is also known for Adrian College, according to USA TODAY, the "#1 Up-and-Coming College in the Midwest" and I am thrilled to bring my Tejano/Califas-drenched exhibition and lectures to Adrian's shores! The other great thing about Adrian College? It's a thriving abolitionist-era institution of higher ed!

So how will it go down? Adrian College's Shipman Library has installed the full Mextasy exhibit (Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious) in its Heritage Room on the main Adrian College campus. The exhibition will be housed there from August 26 to September 13, 2013. Students and the community can see the exhibit anytime the library is open with Shipman Library regular hours running Monday through Thursday, 8am-1pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-5pm; and Sundays from 12pm-11pm.

more below the posterlink 

There will be two major media-rich presentations associated with the Mextasy extravaganza. There will be a community lecture entitled  "Compulsively Desirable, Utterly Loathsome: Mexican and Latina/o Bodies in the 21st Century" on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Jones 110, 7:00pm–8:00pm. And there will be a campus lecture as well Thursday, September 12, 2013, entitled "Disrupting the Optical Hegemony of Stereotypes Now: Tex[t]-Mex, Eyegiene, and the Visual Dynamics of a Technosexual Tomorrow" in a room to be announced, 12:00pm–1pm.  A big gracias goes out to the Mextasy event sponsors: The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Modern Languages and Cultures, Collegium II, ALPHA/Fin-Com, Institute for Ethics, Student Life, Multicultural Programs, Department of English, and the Institute for Creativity. 

An even bigger thank you and abrazo goes out to Professor Aïda Valenzuela, without whose imagination, vision, and drive, this event would never have happened!


a video and a cartoon for the Adrian College Lectures!

1. Humphrey Bogart and Alfonso Bedoya light up the screen in a scene from TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRES

2. Classic SPEEDY GONZALES antics from CANNERY WOE
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last promo posters--as with most images here, click to enlarge

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Policing the Mextasy! A New Print for the Adrian College Exhibition, August 26, 2013 to September 12

get your own copy, signed and numbered, sans the logo here:

Pre-Halloween Textmex Treat: Vampire Edition | Tales of the Ghost Rider: "A Thirst for Blood" | via Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine

One of the best comics blogs on the internets, Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine keeps on churning out wonders from the history of graphic narrative. This one's a hoot, featuring a rich güera vampiress by the name of Isabella de Alva Riacomba, a Latina (Creole?) vixen out for riches, blood, revenge, and more blood--hit the image above to read the whole sordid tale.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Tex[t]-Mex, Mextasy, Eyegiene Exhibition/Performance @ Adrian College--William Anthony Nericcio, Guillermo Nericcio García, y Mucho Mas More...

Wicked Desmadres Your Way Cometh! 



Mextasy Exhibition | The Heritage Room | Adrian College | Shipman Library
August 26 to September 13, 2013

Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious, an outrageous traveling exhibition of Mexican stereotypes and cutting-edge Latina/o Art and Photography invades Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan opening August 26, 2013. Students and the community can see the exhibit anytime the library is open. Shipman Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 8am-1pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-5pm; and Sundays from 12pm-11pm.

 Tex[t]-Mex/Mextasy Lectures! | Jones Hall & Valade Hall | Adrian College

There will be two major media-rich presentations by our guest(s) associated with the Mextasy extravaganza:

1. A community lecture entitled “Compulsively Desirable, Utterly Loathsome: Mexican & Latina/o Bodies in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Jones Hall 110 from 7:00 to 8:30pm.

2. There will be a campus lecture entitled “Disrupting the Visual Hegemony of Stereotypes Now: Tex[t]-Mex, Eyegiene, and the Optical Dynamics of a Technosexual Tomorrow” on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Knight Auditorium, Valade Hall, from 12:00 to 1:30pm.

Mextasy @ Adrian College Sponsors: The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Adrian College; Modern Languages and Cultures; Collegium II; A.L.P.H.A, Multicultural Programs; The Department of English; and The Institute for Creativity. An even bigger thank you and abrazo goes out to Professor Aïda Valenzuela, without whose imagination, vision, and drive, this event never would have happened!

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