Friday, February 22, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Star Wars/Loteria Xicanosmosis!!!!

The amazing work of Chepo Peña! A fusion of Star Wars, Loteria, and a magnificent imagination!!! Thanks to ace Ph.D. Carlos Amador, UT Austin from whose facebook page I stole this!!! ;-0


Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Thanks to CSUFullerton Profe Alexandro Gradilla for bringing this to my attention! His dedication to internet meme-spelunking knows no bounds!!!!!

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or check out the video below...!

Louie CK on Race, Whiteness, and More | The Tonight Show

Monday, February 18, 2013

New RITA HAYWORTH/GILDA Auction @ Heritage | Color Half Sheet

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La Cucaracha (1934) | Academy Award Winning Film Short Featuring "Mexicans" and More...

For more of the backstory on La Cucaracha, go here:

In the film, memorable more for its contribution to the evolution of Technicolor technology than the script or the acting, Steffi Duna plays lead "Mexican"--the Hungarian actress made a name for herself in the first part of the 20th century playing "fiery Latina femme fatales." Opposite? Duna in full "Mexican" regalia...

Most compelling of all? The words of the song itself, a paean to lost legs, marijuana, and much mas more--in addition, they provide a short course in cultural studies and the Mexican Revolution.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tex[t]-Mex to Eyegiene

As I gear up to finally submit my manuscript to UT Press for Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race, I am already feeling nostalgic for my 2007 tome, Tex[t]-Mex, now 6 years old and still selling on Amazon and beyond. No doubt one of the reasons this book still has legs was the decision of UT Press to publish it with a 16 page color signature (designed by Lisa Tremaine, who used to work for Time/Life publications).  Here are some shots of the cover pages of the book lifted off the main site for the book at UT Press central. The last image, below, was my cover design for the book--each icon on the illustration (a collage of ink stamps, typography, and xeroxes) hieroglyphically references a chapter/section of the Tex[t]-Mex project. While I was disappointed back in the day about the decision against my cover design, I have to admit that the buzzsaw/tortilla cover (right) has grown on me!

I am really looking forward to sharing the story behind Tex[t]-Mex and Mextasy in Seattle, WA at the University of Washington--there are several events going down Februrary 28-March 1, 2013. Mas info here:

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