"Chicano writers from El Paso are the most progressive, open-minded, far-reaching, and inclusive writers of them all."

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

El Paso Writers Update for Week Ending Dec. 18


Teachers must bridge gap

"Raymund Paredes, the commissioner of Higher Education for Texas, told educators today that teachers at all level of education - public and higher - must raise the standards for their students if Texas graduates are going to be successful in the highly competitive world," says the Beaumont Enterprise. READ MORE.

"Paredes said the U.S. lagged behind other nations in education. Within the U.S. Texas was very often at the bottom when it came to educating students." (Port Arthur News). READ MORE.

Luis J. Rodriguez blogs on eye malady and the Luis J. Rodriguez Rap

Check out Luis J. Rodriguez' recent blog post regarding his eye: "Recently I had a small scare concerning my right eye. Last Monday afternoon, while writing in front of my computer, several spider web-like floaters appeared in front of my eye." READ MORE. Also, see Rodriguez read on Guerilla Reads Blog.

Did you all see the Luis J. Rodriguez Rap. Check it out on you tube: Luis J. Rodriguez, a rap for you.

Historian on Jesus' option for the poor

See two of Mario T. Garcia's blog post, The tax plan and Jesus' option for the poor

Alicia Gaspar del Alba and Our Lady

See some commentary on La Virgen de Guadalupe and Alicia Gaspar de Alba's next book Our Lady of Controversy at the Jesus in Love Blog. See it now.

Video of Pat Mora

I could not figure out the name of this website, but see Pat Mora's poem "Legal Alien" posted on its. Read it Now. You can catch a video of Pat Mora reading on you tube: See it now.

Interview with John Rechy

A new interview with John Rechy has been posted. You can see it on Vice Magazine's website. "I got a $50 journalism scholarship to go to Texas Western College, and part of it was that I could get a job as a copy boy for the local paper, so I did. I was a copy boy. I think I got $15 a week or something like that, and that was the extent of it. But I did learn a lot." Read the rest of this 4-page interview at Vice Magazine: JOHN RECHY - Vice Magazine

Troncoso on US' provinciality

A good post by Sergio Troncoso on his Chico Lingo Blog about the growing provinciality of the United States. READ IT NOW.

Also check out Troncoso's essay in Literal Magazine, "The Loss of Juárez: How Has the Violence in Juárez Changed Border Culture?" "Recently I returned home to El Paso, and as we drove back to Ysleta on the Border Highway a sense of sadness overtook me. My kids, Aaron and Isaac, have for two years been clamoring to go to Mexico. They have studied Spanish in New York City, where we live, and their classroom walls are covered with posters from Latin America and Spain. When we return to Ysleta to visit their abuelitos, that is the opportunity to transform the Spanish language and Mexico to more than just academic subjects, to eat an enchilada or an asadero, rather than just to lick your lips at pictures.But my wife and I have said no, because of the rampant violence in Juárez." READ MORE.

What's Up with Cinco Puntos' 25 Years

Check out this article in El Paso's What's Up about Cinco Puntos Press celebrating 25 years. "'Ninety percent of our business comes from out of town,' says John Byrd, the firm’s managing editor and son of owners-founders Lee and Bobby Byrd." READ IT NOW.

Comments on Saenz at YALSA

See this report on the Celebramos Libros: Celebrating Latino Literature, YALSA YA Lit Symposium last month. It has some commentary on Benjamin A. Saenz. READ IT NOW.

Ouch! on Gilb

Ouch! on Dagoberto Gilb's novel, The Flower by Daisy's Blog: " In The Flowers, by Dagoberto Gilb, it is clear that women are portrayed as inferior. One can see this because of the characteristics the three main women portray." READ MORE.

Lavender Tongues: Paper presented on Gaspar de Alba and Rigoberto Gonzalez

I was looking at the papers presented at the American University Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics and one of them was on Alicia Gaspar de Alba: "I swear I am (not): The use of swear words in the fictional construction of the butch/femme identity in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Desert Blood." Also there is "In the Borderlands: Browning Masculinities in Rigoberto González’s Butterfly Boy" by Erin Montero.

New Books in 2011

So just a preview of 2010. Alicia Gaspar de Alba has Our Lady of Controversy. Rich Yanez has Cross over water (check out the page on Facebook), Dagoberto Gilb has a collection of short stories coming our on Grove. A collection of Lalo Delgado's poetry will be published in Spring 2011.

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Anonymous said...

women are the major characters in the flowers and heroes of the story.  of the four major female characters, the mother is clearly strong (which was pointed out in a glowing review of the flowers in the washington post, online too), besides others. and it would be hard to paint the two young women as "weak" when they are in such tough circumstances, which is the setting for the whole novel. of the two male characters (besides the narrator sonny), one is racist (the stepfather who sonny steals money from), other is a racist abusive jerk.  what you have here is not even a "blog" but a final paper put online by a student struggling in a freshman comp class. it appears that a professor assigned the novel to read. 
r garcia

Raymundo Eli Rojas said...

I take your comment regards posting of link and excerpt to the review of Dagoberto Gilb's "The Flowers" on "Daisy's Blog." I'd encourage you to post your comment on her review directly to "Daisy's Blog": http://daisyrodriguez0429.blogspot.com/2010/12/flowers-final-daft.html

As "Daisy's Blog" is called "Daisy's Blog" and is on blogspot.com, I'd have to disagree with you that it a blog whether it be from a young girl or not.

Whether she's a freshman or not, or whether she posts her paper is relevant only to in that she is a freshman who posted her paper.

Nevertheless, you have good commentary on "The Flowers."