Friday, June 29, 2012

Lit Links & Scoops

This organization, Teach Twice,  creates culturally relevant books with local artists and authors in developing countries.

Brazilian prisoners given novel way to reduce their sentence, a reduction of four days for every book they read.

Robert Rodriguez' "Machete Kills" sequel has already begun filming in Texas, starring Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara and Zoe Saldana. Charlie Sheen is in negotiations to play the U.S. president in the film.

Race is the source of substantial divides within the creative class. More than eight in ten (80.9 percent) of creative class jobs are held by whites, who make up just 74 percent of the nation’s population. The rest are more or less evenly split among the three remaining racial groups—African Americans (6.8 percent), Hispanics (6.2 percent), and Asians (6.1 percent).

Love this! 7 Authors Model Summer's Most Sizzling (Under-$100!) Outfits

Orlando is now the second-largest hub of Puerto Ricans in the U.S behind New York.

Your eReader is Keeping Track of Your Behavior.

And, lastly: YES!!!!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Seth MacFarlane's Ted

Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, Obama supporter, and self-proclaimed sci-fi geek, has directed his first feature-length CG animated comedy film, Ted. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as an adult who, as a child, wished his teddy bear would come to life (and yes, wishes do come true). MacFarlane is the voice and motion capture for the bear. The movie is out in theaters on Friday but I was lucky enough to see it on Monday.

Ted is both ridiculous and extremely funny. You are very well aware that you are watching a movie about a grown man and his (enabler) bear but it's the indecent, raunchy, gross humor - the realistic parody of our society - that is so wrong that you are left with no choice but to laugh (hard).

The whole premise is wrapped around a sweet love story involving the adorable Mila Kunis and what you get is a great date movie to go see with your own thunder buddy, packed with fun, retro 80s flashbacks, a potty-mouthed bear, lots of Beantown banter, and BONUS Score: a campy song to sing every time you hear thunder this summer.  Go see it! Click here for the official trailer.



*NSFW

Monday, June 25, 2012

New Book: Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature

Want it - Must-read!


Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature by Agustín Fuentes


There are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative Agustín Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior


Tackling misconceptions about what race, aggression, and sex really mean for humans, Fuentes incorporates an accessible understanding of culture, genetics, and evolution requiring us to dispose of notions of "nature or nurture." Presenting scientific evidence from diverse fields, including anthropology, biology, and psychology, Fuentes devises a myth-busting toolkit to dismantle persistent fallacies about the validity of biological races, the innateness of aggression and violence, and the nature of monogamy and differences between the sexes. 


A final chapter plus an appendix provide a set of take-home points on how readers can myth-bust on their own. Accessible, compelling, and original, this book is a rich and nuanced account of how nature, culture, experience, and choice interact to influence human behavior.


Agustín Fuentes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Evolution of Human Behavior, Biological Anthropology: Concepts and Connections and Core Concepts in Biological Anthropology.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Si Se Puede: Marlen Esparza, Olympian, Boxer, Cover Model

Bad@ss! Houston native, Marlen Esparza is the new face of CoverGirl in addition to being the first female boxer on the U.S. Olympics team and the first Hispanic Olympian to be the face of CoverGirl.

More on America's Sweetheart





Wednesday, June 20, 2012

On The Lorax & Dr. Seuss

Cover of "The Lorax (Classic Seuss)"
Cover of The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
Although The Lorax was first published in 1972, I wasn't aware of it until I was in college and picked it up one night while putting one of my young babysitting charges to bed. "It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler, a fable concerning the danger corporate greed poses to nature." I was amazed at its prescience and green message before that was even a Thing.

As a preschooler, I was quite enchanted with Dr. Seuss since his stories where so different from the classic fairy tales, I was accustomed to my mom reading to me. At my first corporate job, I was given a copy of Oh, the Places You'll Go! when I transitioned in my career towards tech. Suffice it to say, Dr. Seuss has always had a special place in my heart and although, he passed away in 1991, I can't help but wonder at how much influence the writer, poet, political cartoonist, advertising man and Dartmouth alum, had on my life.


And so it is with great pleasure that I announce the news below and hope you will share the magic of Theodor Seuss Geisel with your family:


Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 7, 2012, with 3 All-New mini-moviesDr. Seuss’ The Lorax is non-stop family fun that includes three delightfully entertaining mini movies not shown in theaters. To view a trailer of the new mini movies, visit Youtube.



From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the much anticipated feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, a 3D-CG adaptation of the classic tale of a forest guardian who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for a real Truffula Tree, the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To get it he must find the story of the Lorax, the acerbic yet charming character who fights to protect his world.


Lending their vocal talents to the project are Danny DeVito as the iconic title character of the Lorax and Ed Helms as the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their voices to the adventure are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted's dreams. Rounding out the cast are Rob Riggle as the villain O'Hare, Jenny Slate as Ted's protective mother and beloved actress Betty White as Ted's wise Grammy Norma.



Monday, June 18, 2012

New Book: Tales of Seduction: The Figure of Don Juan in Spanish Culture

If you're the kind of person that enjoys your literary criticism through a lens of machismo, don't worry, I've got you covered. Tales of Seduction : The Figure of Don Juan in Spanish Culture, might be just up your alley.


Don Juan is one of the intriguing creations of Western literature. A legendary seducer of women, trickster, and transgressor of sacred boundaries, he has been the object of countless revisions over the centuries. 


The twentieth-century has viewed the figure afresh through the prism of its own cultural terms of reference and social concerns. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Tales of Seduction focuses on the intersections between myth, culture, and intellectual inquiry. 


Sarah Wright takes Don Juan back to Spain, his birth-place, and examines the confluences of Spanish culture with aspects of Western intellectual history (medicine, psychoanalysis, linguistics), where she finds Don Juan continues to transgress the limits of culture from the early twentieth century to the present.


Sarah Wright completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge and is currently Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

New Movie to Stream Online: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

POV’s ‘Granito: How to Nail a Dictator’ Reveals a Documentary Film Colliding With History in a Quest for Justice; Film Premieres Thursday, June 28, 2012 on PBS

In a Startling Loop of Time and Memory, ‘Granito’ Shows How a Filmmaker’s First Documentary Has Been Instrumental in Indicting Guatemalan Ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt

Granito . . . doesn’t simply relate history; it is also part of history.”—Stephen Holden, The New York Times 

Granito
The Caba family in Ixil, Guatemala. The army massacred 95 people in their village in 1982. Photo: Dana Lixenberg. 
In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s—and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito—a tiny grain of sand—that helped tip the scales of justice.

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, by Peter Kinoy, Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis, has its national broadcast premiere on PBS' POVseries on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10 p.m. (Check local listings). The full film and its prequel, When the Mountains Tremble, will also stream online —in English and Spanish— June 29-July 28. The Granito website includes a discussion guide and other viewing resources, plus video interviews and a live Q&A with the filmmakers after the broadcast.  

Back in 1982, as a first-time filmmaker, Yates had used her seeming naiveté to gain unprecedented access to Ríos Montt, his generals and leftist guerrillas waging a clandestine war deep in the mountains. The resulting film, When the Mountains Tremble revealed that the Guatemalan army was killing Mayan civilians. Thirty years later, a Spanish lawyer investigating the Ríos Montt regime asked for her help. Yates believed her first film and its outtakes just might contain evidence to bring charges of genocide under international law.



Granito spans 30 years and portrays seven protagonists in Guatemala, Spain and the United States as they attempt to bring justice to violence-plagued Guatemala. Among the twists of fate:  
  • A 22-year-old Mayan woman, Rigoberta Menchú, the storyteller in When the Mountains Tremble, goes on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 and then initiates the court case against Ríos Montt that eventually leads to the use of Yates’ footage as evidence.
  • A guerrilla commander, Gustavo Meoño, who authorized Yates’ filming with the insurgents in 1982, becomes a key player in uncovering the mechanisms of disappearances and state terror.
  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza, the young press liaison in Guatemala who helped arrange Yates’ filming with the guerrillas in 1982, becomes one of the key international lawyers working on the genocide case.
  • Fredy Peccerelli, the head of the Guatemalan forensic anthropology team assigned to unearth evidence of the vast killings, repeatedly viewed When the Mountains Tremble while growing up.   
Fast-forward to recent years, when lawyers and plaintiffs were seeking an international indictment in Spain, whose national court has led the way in such cases. And then this past January—one year after Granito’s premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival—Ríos Montt was indicted in Guatemala for genocide, in what was a stunning precedent for that country. In May, he learned he would face a second genocide trial for killings in Dos Erres.

Granito is a complex, generational story of crime and punishment and also a historical thriller whose last chapter is yet to be written.

A companion transmedia project, Granito: Every Memory Matters (www.granitomem.com), has been created as an online intergenerational, interactive public archive of memories intended to expose further the history of the Guatemalan genocide.


PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25:  (L-R) Filmmaker P...
(L-R) Filmmaker Peter Kinoy, director Pamela Yates, producer Paco de Onis attend the 'Granito' Premiere during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

About Pamela Yates
Pamela Yates was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at 16 to live New York City. She is a co-founder, with Peter Kinoy, of Skylight Pictures, a New York City- based company dedicated to creating films and advanced digital media that raise awareness of human rights issues. Four of Yates’ films as a director, When the Mountains Tremble, Poverty Outlaw, Takeover and The Reckoning (POV 2009) have been nominated for Grand Jury Prizes at Sundance. When the Mountains Tremble won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize in 1984. Her film State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism, has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries, and won an Overseas Press Club Award. Yates received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support the making of Granito. She has also directed the development of the transmedia project Granito: Every Memory Matters.


Granito: How to Nail a Dictator is a production of Skylight Pictures. It is a co-production of ITVS with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.



Monday, June 11, 2012

New Book: Race in Translation

The English Speaking World
The English Speaking World
(Photo credit: Charles Jeffrey Danoff)
What does "Race" mean to other people in other lands? Race in Translation: Culture Wars around the Postcolonial Atlantic by Robert Stam and Ella Shohat, take on an exploration of the concept abroad.

Book Blurb

While the term "culture wars" often designates the heated arguments in the English-speaking world spiralling around race, the canon, and affirmative action, in fact these discussions have raged in multiple sites and languages. 


Charting the multidirectional traffic of the debates, Stam/Shohat trace their literal and figurative translation, seen in French Postcolonial Studies and Brazilian Whiteness Studies, and in such cultural phenomena as Tropicalia and Hip-Hop. The authors also interrogate an ironic convergence whereby rightist politicians join hands with leftist intellectuals, along with the Neo-Cons and Nouveaux Philosophes, in condemning the "spectre" of multiculturalism and identity politics


At once a report from various "fronts," a mapping of the germane literatures, and an argument about cross-border comparison and interlocution, the book constitutes a major contribution to our understanding of the diasporic and transnational movement of ideas.


Friday, June 08, 2012

Geek Glee: Reading Rainbow Theme Song - Rock Version

The Reading Rainbow logo used between 1983 and...
The Reading Rainbow logo used between 1983 and 1999. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Have a great weekend, mi gente!


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

New Book: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Cannot wait! The Prisoner of Heaven: A Novel By Carlos Ruiz Zafon hits book store shelves everywhere July 10th.
 The internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.
Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julián, and their close friend Fermín Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city’s dark past. His appearance plunges Fermín and Daniel into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco's dictatorship. The terrifying events of that time launch them on a search for the truth that will put into peril everything they love and ultimately transform their lives.
Español: Carlos Ruiz Zafón en la Feria del Lib...
Español: Carlos Ruiz Zafón en la Feria del Libro de Madrid, 6 de junio de 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Full of intrigue and emotion, The Prisoner of Heaven is a majestic novel in which the threads of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game converge under the spell of literature and bring us toward the enigma hidden at the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a collection of lost treasures known only to its few initiates, and the very core of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s enchanting fictional world.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Preview: Junot Díaz, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER (Riverhead)

Just in time for the 2012 Book Expo America, Publishers Lunch is offering a free eBook featuring excepts from over 33 of the top Fall books including:

Download it here.


Debuts
Hanna Pylvainen, WE SINNERS (Holt)
M.L. Stedman, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (Scribner)
Shani Boianjiu, THE PEOPLE OF FOREVER ARE NOT AFRAID (Hogarth)
Amanda Coplin, THE ORCHARDIST (HarperCollins)
Kevin Powers, THE YELLOW BIRDS (Little, Brown)
Lance Weller, WILDERNESS (Bloomsbury)
J.R. Moehringer, SUTTON (Hyperion)
Scott Hutchins, A WORKING THEORY OF LOVE (Penguin)
John Kenney, TRUTH IN ADVERTISING (Touchstone)

English: Writer Junot Díaz at the Mercantile L...
Writer Junot Díaz at the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction's Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fiction
Junot Díaz, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER (Riverhead)
Lawrence Norfolk, JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST (Grove)
Dennis Lehane, LIVE BY NIGHT (William Morrow)
James Meek, THE HEART BROKE IN (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Mark Helprin, IN SUNLIGHT AND IN SHADOW (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Matthew Dicks, MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND (St. Martin’s Press)
Iris Anthony, RUINS OF LACE (Sourcebooks)
Barbara Kingsolver, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR (HarperCollins)
Bill Roorbach, LIFE AMONG GIANTS (Algonquin)

Nonfiction
Rhoda Janzen, DOES THIS CHURCH MAKE ME LOOK FAT? (Grand Central)
Teresa Rhyne, THE DOG LIVED (Sourcebooks)
Bee Wilson, CONSIDER THE FORK (Basic Books)
Neil Young, WAGING HEAVY PEACE (Blue Rider)
Diana Athill, MAKE BELIEVE (Granta Books)

YA
Sarah Maas, THRONE OF GLASS (Bloomsbury Children’s)
David Levithan, EVERY DAY (Knopf Children’s)
Jasper Fforde, THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s)
Jessica Khoury, ORIGIN (Penguin Kids)
Eric Devine, TAP OUT (Running Press Teen)
Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, BURN FOR BURN (Simon & Schuster Children)
Libba Bray, THE DIVINERS (Little Brown Young Readers)
Ned Vizzini, THE OTHER NORMALS (HarperTeen)
Janet Gurtler, WHO I KISSED (Sourcebooks Fire)

Saturday, June 02, 2012

NYC Invite: American Bar Association's Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities Event




The American Bar Association's Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities will be hosting an event focused on a landmark desegregation case, Mendez v. Westminster (1947).
 
It is the fascinating true story of a Japanese farming family from California sent to an American internment camp during World War II and the Mexican-Puerto Rican family who leased their farm. When the Mendez family tried to enroll their children in the local school, they were denied access due to anti-Mexican segregation laws! The Mendez family became lead plaintiffs in a successful class action lawsuit on behalf of Latinos who were denied the right to a public education.

Thurgood Marshall provided an amicus curiae brief in Mendez that contained the arguments he would later make in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).  In fact, following the Mendez decision, then California Governor Earl Warren signed a law repealing all remaining segregation laws within the state. Later, as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he wrote the Brown opinion which repealed "separate but equal" schools as a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

This event will include a conversation between Janice Munemitsu, whose family owned the farm, and Sylvia Mendez who was one of the children denied enrollment. CNN Legal Analyst Asunción “Sunny” Hostin will moderate. Filmmaker Sandra Robbie will show excerpts from her Emmy Award-winning documentary on the subject titled For All Chrildren/Para Todos Los Niños. Children’s book author Winifred Conkling will sign free copies* of her book on the subject, Sylvia and Aki.

There will be a reception with complimentary food and refreshments. The event is free of charge.

If you wish to attend this historic event the details are as follows:

Tuesday June 5th at 5:30-8:00

McNally Amphitheatre/Fordham University Law School

160 West 62nd Street New York, NY

RSVP: CHLRR@americanbar.org 



 
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