Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Congrats, Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz won the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize for THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO.

Díaz Wins Sargent First Novel Prize -Book Standard, NY


Halloween Glitter Graphics

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Spirit (Dia de los Muertos)

In honor of what happens to be my most favorite holiday, right up there with Xmas and my birthday I'm posting a round-up of my all time favorite horror flicks.

For those of you who don't believe girls are into scary movies, wake up and smell the Bustelo! I love all things scary and spine tingling.


1. The Sentinel (1977) - My older sister and I, we never had curfew and so we would stay up late and watch the ABC late night movie often. This happened to be one we caught every so often and it terrified me as it will you.

2. The Exorcist (1973) - This movie scared me off ouija boards for years for fear of demonic possesion and even as a full grown adult sometimes the line "the power of Christ compels you" runs through my head for no reason.

3. Rosemary's Baby (1968) - I was very little when we saw this and never understood why these horrible people wanted her baby and how her husband was part of the scheme. I found it less scary though than other scary movies.

4. Night of the Living Dead (1968) - Zombie movies scarred the living daylights out of me when I was little and my sister still made me sit through them with her, even though I made her sleep with me those nights.

5. The Ring (2002) - This movie was not as scary as it was haunting. Samarra has to be one of the most beautiful spirits ever except for when she comes out of the TV.

6. Carrie (1976) - "They're gonna laugh at you." I always wished I had a little ESP and secretly was please that Carrie lit all those jerks on fire.

7. The Amityville Horror (1979) - Just the music scares me, and I will never be able to live in a house that has those windows.

8. Poltergeist (1982) - The reason I would never move into a cookie cutter community.

9. Shining, The (1980) - RED RUM, how writers go crazy.

10. Espinazo del diablo, El (2001) aka "The Devil's Backbone" - My mom always swore I would end up in the orfanato if I was a bad girl...This movie will send you there via a haunting Spanish tale.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Color Purple

Last night, I went to see The Color Purple, now for the most part I find musicals idiodic but benign. So with a tad of trepidation I went, I mean it's based on one of my all time favorite novels (the one that made me rethink God) and produced by Oprah so how bad could it be?

Well, to start off Fantasia who was supposed to play Celie, was not there and two other understudies were also filling in two of the key roles, which might explain the subpar perfomance but we paid almost $200 for those tickets. While the costumes were great, the drama just lacked power, punch and poignancy but honestly I was just happy to be out.

If you haven't read the book, skip the movie, skip the play and read the book: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. Alice Walker

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FamilySearch Needs La Raza

Genealogical record site FamilySearch is looking for 10,000 volunteers who can read both English and Spanish for a massive indexing project of Mexican, Argentine, and other Latin American records.

The first project will be the Mexican census of 1930. When completed (the current estimate is a year), the index of the census will be freely available online and linked to the original census images at FamilySearch.org. The census contains a variety of information including birth year, religion, birthplace, and occupation.

Volunteering does not take up a huge amount of time — volunteers can spend as little as 30 minutes a week doing indexing. To get more information about volunteering, visit http://www.familysearchindexing.org/. In addition to registering to volunteer you can also check out a list of upcoming projects which includes US census states as well as Latin American projects.

Via: researchbuzz.org

Friday, October 19, 2007

BOPE: Tropa de Elite, Heard of it?


Apparently, this movie is making one hell of a debut in Brazil and reportedly has been leaked on the net too.

It's about super violent cops in Brazil. You can read more here: bopeblog


Have you seen it?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Punctuation Snob

If other's people lack of punctuation or proper grammar sometimes make you wonder a bit about them, you'll enjoy this blog I just discovered at geeksugar

The "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My soul is tired

After a depressing and dismal day yesterday, I went home only to get a fitful night's sleep.

I've been buying and reading books like crazy, I've mastered the art of finishing a book in 2-3 days. I've also added Nobel Prize winning author, Doris Lessing's powerful feminist classic, The Golden Notebook to my wishlist.

I'm excited about a new discounted event group I joined, so far I've gotten tickets for an Autumn cruise, Celia and Wintuk tickets at better than half price.

You can join here: https://www.goldstarevents.com/join?p=F336610N

Last but not least...

- Latino/a with diabetes? Check this out: Novo Nordisk Provides 35,000 Free Spanish-Translated Copies of Mike Huckabee’s Book ‘Quit Digging your Grave with a Knife and Fork’
Book can be ordered free of charge on newly launched Spanish patient education Web site http://www.Cambiarladiabetes.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

You learn something new everyday

Buy Books on a Thursday to Grab a Bargain

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Step Backward for Women

The other day I read that a new fashion magazine for women launched, this new magazine is geared toward modest fashion and features models wearing long sleeved tops and long skirts.

Excuse me, but this doesn't seem very fashion foward to me. It reeks of oppressive anti feminism.

On the Web Eliza: http://www.elizamagazine.com/

Then I saw this article, which coincidently came at the same time my friend introduced to the term "Menergy." Menergy is anti metrosexual, it's what a man's man exudes.

Um, okay but then I read the article below about how women need to get back in the kitchen and I thought to myself what is going on in our society...

From The NY Daily News:


What makes a man a man BY DOLORES PRIDA

A machismo makeover conspiracy is afoot.

An overt salvo was fired last year with the publication of an article titled "In Search of Machismo" in Latina magazine.

The author, Conchita Cortez, bemoaned the fact that too many Latinos were becoming softies and that women had just about had it with men who plucked their eyebrows and had better complexions than them.

The so-called "metrosexuals" were becoming a bore and women were ready to welcome back a "new machismo."

The latest effort to rehabilitate this much-maligned male behavior, is the book "Huevos y la Mujer Latina: The De-masculinization of the Macho" (Floricanto Press, $19.95) by Julián Camacho Segura.

It's the kind of book that makes you scream, "Why am I reading this?" every few pages. This Macho Camacho calls for women to get back into the kitchen so men can watch Sunday night football with their amigos then go out to drink and chase other women.

He blames white women for the current state of affairs — including the "abominable" sexual harassment laws — and decries that young Latinas have followed suit and become too independent and assertive.

This "emasculation" is responsible, along with racism, for the enormous high school dropout rate of young Latino males. Men must get back in touch with their huevos to make the world right again, he concludes.

For him the world began to crumble one evening in the late 1970s when, as a 10-year-old kid, he watched an episode of "Charlie's Angels" in which one of the Angels, wearing high heels, kicked a man.

"Even if they were criminals, I could not tolerate visually these women assaulting the male species," he writes.

It makes you wonder why, in our culture, men do not fear being gored by a bull at the plaza de toros, but tremble at the mere thought of being kicked in the groin by a woman wearing stilettos.

This poorly written Huevos monologue could easily be dismissed as a tirade born of too-many-Tecates if it weren't for Floricanto Press issuing it as part of its La Mujer Latina Series. What were they thinking?

Are Latinas being bamboozled back to the old ways, to aid and abet in the preservation and protection of the fragile macho ego? To feel guilty about their success?

Perhaps the confusion is all a matter of semantics. Huevos means eggs. A fragile metaphor, indeed. It is a mystery why men use it at all to refer to the perceived repository of their manliness.

"Macho man" is just the theme of a tacky song. Cojones is really the equivalent of chutzpah. And there's nothing good about machismo, whether "new" or old. It's unadulterated male chauvinism and it has nothing to do with masculinity.

In Spanish we have another word that is just right: hombría. It means not just manliness but also courage, integrity, honesty and uprightness.

To have hombría, to be un verdadero hombre, is the best compliment a man can receive. Un verdadero hombre is a true hero who overcomes adversity and always does that right thing.

And that's what young Latinos should be taught:

That it takes hombría to finish high school.
That un verdadero hombre doesn't impregnate and run,
but is a real father to the children he brings into the world.
That un verdadero hombre is sensitive
but emotionally strong and
his masculinity is not threatened by cooking and
helping with the dishes.

That's what women want. As for huevos, they know they gotta break some to make an omelet ... preferably while wearing tacones.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Good News!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Celia Debuts on Broadway

I think I might take my mami to see this! AZZZZUCAR! RIP: Celia, we love you!



Broadway Show review

Who is Celia? Celia's biography

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Mi gente, what up?

I'm so busy with so much work I've been neglecting my Lit. duties I'm afraid.

Tonight:

READING Junot Díaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoTue 10.2 (6pm) Instituto Cervantes (211-215 E 49th St, 212.308.7720) map
Event Info

The quiet decade that followed Junot Díaz's leap into the limelight heaped the author with awards, but left readers anxious. Enter 2007's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which has garnered almost universal praise for its tender portrayal of a Dominican dweeb. * Note: Look for a feature on Junot Díaz in an issue of the publication, Boldtype, publishing Wed 10.31.

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