Thursday, December 31, 2015

"The Stuff a He-Man's Dreams Are Made Of" | John D. MacDonald's Mexico-based PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS, "Hotly Spiced with Latin Savvy," or Yet Another Chapter in the History of "Mexicans" in American Mass Culture (Fawcett Paperback Edition)

The sombrero clues you in to the Cuernavaca
setting for MacDonald's opus
I was stumbling around the internets and chanced upon an old Pulp paperback fiction blog I used to follow, Pop Sensation! There I found John D. MacDonald's PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS, a rather minor moment in American literary history, but a treasure trove for Mexican/Mexico/Latina/o stereotype scouts like yours truly.  Check out the original blog posting here or hit the images opposite and below--click them and like most images on this blog, they get more bigger.

As for critical commentary, I don't have much to add--it would be re-going over the endless arguments that appear in Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America! And, dear reader, I care too much for you to do that.  
Nothing says "I know 'Mexicans' like a pipe-foregrounded
author photo!

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