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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

El Paso Writer Blog Update; Chicano(a) Writer News, and News on Books and Writing



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El Paso Writer Blog Update

Sergio Troncoso Posted on his Chico Lingo Blog the article he wrote for Newsday the day after Sept. 11, 2001: "This one is for the thousands of individuals who died yesterday. Those innocents. It's hard to write this, to write anything. The fathers and mothers. The children. Brothers and sisters. They died for somebody's idea of a just cause. But you were simply killing innocents, can't you understand that?." READ IT NOW.

Ben A. Saenz posted on his Live from the Border Blog some info on Aaron Michael Morales new book Drowning Tucson. READ BEN'S POST NOW.

As we write this update, Sheryl Luna updated her Dialectical Migration blog: "I've been thinking about politics overriding artistic merit and thinking that tastes is simply individualistic, yet I am constantly pulled into believing there is good art and bad art, not low and high, but good and bad." READ THE ENTIRE POST

C.M. Mayo gives some musing on the Mexico's Bicentennial and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution: "For much of the past century, when modern Mexico was remaking its image in the wake of the Revolution of 1910, Iturbide was widely considered an embarrassment, almost a cartoon character-- an emperor, with a crown?! " READ HER POST NOW.

Rafael Jesus Gonzalez posted his poem "Tashlikh" to his blog.

Luis J. Rodriguez blog on his son Ramiro's two months of freedom. READ IT NOW.



News on Chicano(a) Writers

The Huffington Post has an interview out with Mike Padilla author of The Girls from the Revolutionary Cantina. It contains an interesting comment on MFAs and writing. READ IT NOW. See the Pluma Fronteriza Blog interview with Mike Padilla.

Check out this story on Tia Chucha's Cultural Cafe on the Daily SunDial. READ IT NOW.

Lady Mariposa was featured in a The Monitor article: "On the morning of her 25th birthday, Veronica Sandoval woke up and decided to become a poet. She hadn’t always aspired to be a writer, but she did write in journals when she was a teenager. Growing up in Sullivan City, Sandoval felt as if all that was expected of her was to get married and have children." READ MORE.

We read on PNTONline that Bless Me, Ultima is going to be made into a movie. I've heard this on and off over the decades, so lets see if it really is true. READ THE POST.

Check out this post by Juan Felipe Herrera and the Cd. Juarez art scene in the 1930s. READ IT NOW.

Make sure to check out the "Chicano Wave" episode of the PBS documentary Latin Music USA.
The Chicano Wave; Divas and Superstars -"The Chicano Wave" explores the role that music played in the push for Chicano civil rights during the late 20th century, when Mexican-Americans developed a distinct musical voice. Then, "Divas and Superstars" highlights the Latin pop explosion.

Writing and book news 

Male writers' books are reviewed far more then women writers says Slate. Not a big surprise, but read the entire article: "Last December, Publishers Weekly was put on notice for its gender discrimination by the organization I co-founded called Vida: Women In Literary Arts. PW’s Best of 2009 list included exactly zero women writers in the top 10 and proportionally few in their top 100 category." READ MORE.

Interesting read on the present-tense from The Guardian,"Very now: Has present-tense narration really taken over fiction?"


Are you unwittingly saying more than you mean to in your treatment of characters of other races? asks Lynn Capehart on Writersmag.com: "As fiction writers, we can show support for racial equality—or inequality—by the way we describe our characters, or, as is too often the case, the way we don’t describe them. Many white writers, for instance, will be surprised to learn that they may be inadvertently supporting inequality by how they use race in describing people of color, as compared to white characters." READ MORE.
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Your calo juarense for today is: fachas
                                    - Modo feo de vestir; mal vestido
                                    - Badly dressed
                                    - (f.,pl.) Modo feo de vistir, v.g., "Andaba de unas fachas que daba lastima." #1-54
                                    - (f., pl.) Unkept; messy appearance, e.g., "He looked so messy that one felt sorry for him."
                                     ---- Glosario Del Calo de Cd. Juarez by Ricardo Aguilar Melantzon

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