Friday, June 29, 2007

Why the Classics Matter!

10 Ways to Improve Your Mind by Reading the Classics

The other day I came across some disturbing statistics on reading. According to a Jenkins Group survey, 42 % of college graduates will never read another book. Since most people read bestsellers printed in the past 10 years, it follows that virtually no one is reading the classics.

Great Article!

8th Annual LAMC returns to NYC July 2007

Book News

New Spanish-Language Children’s Book, ‘Leah Ann Adopta Un Perico,’ Wins 2 Latino Book Awards

Thursday, June 28, 2007

iphone poll

SodaHead Opinion Poll: Are you getting an iphone tomorrow?

Quixote's stature resonates in Latin America

It's hardly surprising that Don Quixote still captivates Spain, his birthplace. Nearly half a millennium since he sprang into being on a Madrid printing press, he is the country's most famous trademark (now rivaled by the Real Madrid and Barcelona soccer teams).


- Laurence Fishburne is to write and direct The Alchemist



Mexican writer Poniatowska wins prize:

Cuban Professor and intellectual José Juan Arrom dies:

Author offers tips on Hispanic market: Hispanics live in English, but feel in Spanish, Cancela says in his book. SO TRUE!

Ask a Mexican: The story on the author and journalist


Book News: Asturia Prize

Asturias Prize

The Israeli author Amos Oz, below, was named the winner yesterday of the $65,000 2007 Prince of Asturias award for literature, given by the Prince of Asturias Foundation and named for its patron, Crown Prince Felipe of Asturias, heir to the Spanish throne, Agence France-Presse reported. The jury said that Mr. Oz had “fashioned the Hebrew language into a brilliant instrument for literary art and the truthful disclosure of the most dire and universal realities of our time, focusing especially on advocating peace amongst peoples and condemning all forms of fanaticism.” His books include “Where the Jackals Howl and Other Stories” and “My Michael.”

Previous winners include Mario Vargas Llosa, Günter Grass, Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller and Paul Auster. ... The Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska has been awarded the Rómulo Gallegos prize for literature for her novel “El Tren Pasa Primero” (“The Train Passes First”), The Associated Press reported from Caracas, Venezuela. The book tells of a railroad worker who engages in the struggle for labor rights in Mexico. The prize, awarded every two years for what is deemed to be the best Spanish-language novel, was created in 1967 and named for the Venezuelan novelist and former President Rómulo Gallegos.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Meme: Eight Things About Me

I've been officially tagged by Urban Thought (how sweet!) over at It's my first time too so I'll do my best to post some interesting stuff since my only other alternative is a lonely but fly hotel room in the middle of nowhere, Virginia.

Here is how it works:

1. Each player must post these rules first.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

And now the list:

1. I'm multilingual, I'm perfectly fluent in both Spanish and English, I got a 99 on my Spanish HS Regents Exam. I also studied two years of French and one of Italian. Parla Italiano?

2. Books are really sacred to me, it makes me quite sad to see torn, or scribled on books. When I finish reading a book, it still looks mint. No bent corners either. Throwing away a book makes me cringe.

3. I tend to idealize people I admire and place even my friends on pedestals. Some might call me loyal, some naive.

4. I believe there is beauty to be found within everyone, and every living thing.

5. I feel exhilarated after meditating.

6. Looks don't turn me on, nor does money or status symbols. I'm more impressed by sensitivity, brilliance and integrity.

7. I'm addicted to reading blogs.

8. Last but not least, I have never ridden a rollercoaster and feel like I probably never will.

You're it:

More to come soon...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Summer Clearance at Barnes and Noble - tons of books for $2!

Heading out to San Francisco tomorrow

Gotta check out the:

FREE book, Love Notes to Our Moms and Other Women of Influence

At all 3,478 Wal-Mart stores across America on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to teach, encourage and inspire women to take control of their health, and share what they learn with their loved ones.

Women attending the Speaking of Women’s Health Community Event, one of the largest single-day, free events focused on female health and wellness, will receive complimentary product samples from Speaking of Women’s Health’s national sponsors and a FREE book, Love Notes to Our Moms and Other Women of Influence.

The book includes letters from successful female leaders and celebrities such as Dr. Peeke, Florence Henderson, Mary Wilson, Chef LaLa, and Dottie Peoples. The book is filled with health, well-being and personal safety information, from baby care to menopause, exercise to nutrition, and allergies to heart disease.


Time After Time

Friday, June 15, 2007

It's Lil Late but Literanista is Officially 1 Year Old!!

My little blog had a birthday/anniversary this month....

It helped land me a new job, new friends near & far, worldwide and so much more! I invite you all to celebrate with me!

I hope to celebrate many more!

Jessica Alba Cuts Loose her Hispanic Heritage

From an email:

With an expanding string of strange quotes being attributed to her, Jessica Alba is gradually making the queer transition from sex symbol to self-loathing, Mexican sex symbol. Consider this Grand Wizard-esque tidbit: "I've got cousins galore. Mexicans just spread all their seeds. And the women just pop them out." Holy shit! Did she say "pop them out"? And then there's this one:

"My grandfather…tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn't speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American, I feel as if I have finally cut loose."

I understand that people have a desire to assimilate and be accepted for who they are rather than what their ethnicity is. But talking about how proud you are to be a part of the generation that was finally able to get rid of that whole "Mexican" burden is fucked up on a variety of levels, each riddled with more shame than the one prior. Zapata's mustache just fell off in Heaven.

Update: One of my readers direct us to:
for a very passionate and well spoken comment on Jessica's statement.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Guanabee the Hispanic

I just came accross and love it! It's like a literanista w/o the lit part!

Also, take a look at this, that hottie looks awfully familiar...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Algo Mas...

Ooh, tonight is the start of the new Top_Chef_2. I think judge, Tom Colicchio is so hot!

- Sign up for a Siempre Mujer Magazine free 12 issue subscription at

And don't forget to also check this out:

Discovery en Español, the leading provider of high-quality, real-world Spanish-language programming, will premiere an original ground-breaking production - VIVIENDO EN LAS SOMBRAS - that puts the immigration debate under the magnifying glass at a time when the issue is front and center.

This compelling documentary brings the debate to life, like never before, through the real-life profiles of illegal immigrants as they struggle to raise their children, earn a living and dream of a better future. VIVIENDO EN LAS SOMBRAS will premiere on Discovery en Español on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00PM ET/PT).

via hispanic pr wire

This is the way I live

This song makes me wanna put my sunglasses on and push some big wheels, down the street!

Rainy Wednesday Thoughts

Sad News for Journalists:

Drug Wars Endanger Mexican Press (CSM)
When gunmen hurled a grenade into the El Manana newspaper offices, the paper quickly put up a bulletproof wall outside the entrance. From then on they sent teams covering crime out in threes. But the most significant change at the paper was a decision about how to cover the news itself: all local, drug-related news came off the front page and names of suspects came out altogether. (via Mediabistro)

RIP: Don Herbert, who was Mr. Wizard, passed on yesterday at 89. God, I loved his show! Science geek 80s kids cry worldwide.

Two minute promo for release of "Mr. Wizard's World" on DVD:

Interesting new book: Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him by Humberto Fontova

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Univision Get with It!

Univision's New Online Portal: Univision has launched a video portal on its site,, through which users can access a selection of clips from Univision TV shows, interviews with Hispanic celebrities, music videos and news clips. It will also be launching a new social networking service, and has also launched a wireless video subscription service through Univision Movil.
Now excuse me while I get this coffee off my dress!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Some News

The Heiress of Water, won the 2007 International Latino Book Award for “Best First Book.” The award, also known as the “Mariposa Award” was announced at Book Expo America, the largest book publishing/booksellers convention in the U.S. The competition included titles from the U.S., Spain and Latin America.

*** is working on a a one-man show about Jose Marti. Check out the blog for more info!

*** is a website, that launched last week, where Puerto Ricans can purchase fashion forward and authentic Alianza Latina de Béisbol merchandise to demonstrate their cultural pride and celebrate their heritage during National Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

This one goes out to - me!

I just saw this video and the song gave me goosebumps!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Someone Woke Up

and Smelled the Bustelo!

Yea, women use gadgets too, duh! Thanks for's only 2007!

His Name is Rio, and he Dances on the Sand

So, it's hot and nasty out, and the city will be in a prideful chaos as jubilent Puerto Ricans all over Gotham celebrate the bonita bandera that depicts Borinquen this weekend, meanwhile back at our desks, me and some of my friends have a tendency to email one another constantly throughout the workday, and one of our favorites egames is called "Hot Man Friday" where we just nominate hotties to check out!

Now, on a typical day I'm not impressed, especially by pretty models, but this one sent to me today, knocked me out!

Check out Tiago Riani, hottest (Brazilian) specimen on the planet!

And, if you happen to know him, hook a sister up!

Que viva Brasil y que viva Puerto Rico!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

First-ever Spanish-language Presidential Debate

They really want our votes, huh?

The two Spanish-speaking Democratic candidates, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, jumped at the opportunity this week to debate in Spanish on the Univision television network.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Poet, Willie Perdomo

I was pleasantly suprised to come across an article just now by one of my Spanish Harlem paisan and one very talented, soulful dude, Willie Perdomo:
who it seems also has a new book out soon, Why They Call Me Clemente.

Congrats, Papo!

Revolutionary 2.0 Bookstore: New Booksmith

Evans and Madan recently bought Booksmith and plan to use the community and resource center as a foundation for the multimedia bookstore. They want to add kiosks and create a dedicated events space with multimedia capability in the 3,300-sq.-ft. store. The Booksmith recently started video-recording events and is doing podcasts, and technology is key to the bookstore future. "They are highly skilled in technology," Frank said. "Their energy is amazing, and they really want to take Booksmith to the next level."

In February, Evans and Madan launched, an interactive Web community where readers, authors and booksellers gather to talk about their reading lives. Evans said the site gets 800-1,000 visitors a day and has grown 50% every month since the launch. "We've had over 25,000 unique visitors to date," she said.

Evans called a sister company to the Booksmith and explained that it offers a global social reading-related experience while the bookstore continues to focus on "being a really great neighborhood bookstore."


This reminds me so very much

of my brother:

This' one for you, Ed!

Mami and Tia: Ready, Set, Go!

Launch of the Only Spanish-Language Home Shopping Channel in the US and Puerto Rico

Miami, FL--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--June 5, 2007--Coinciding with the luckiest day of the century, 7/7/7, is the launch of an original offering in programming and production, Shop Latino TV, the only Spanish-language shopping channel focused on the Latino communities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Shop Latino TV is the result of a strategic partnership between Grupo Innova, a television sales leader in Mexico and Latin America, and Home Shopping Hispano of the United States, joining forces to take part in a business that generates over $7 billion in annual sales for its main competitors, QVC and HSN. Shop Latino TV is ready to take a big piece of the pie, serving the proven growing Latino population and their particular needs.

According to Shop Latino TV COO Ciro Espinosa, "given the current pace of life and in the ongoing quest for balance between life and work, Latino consumers have to find new ways to shop faster, conveniently and safely. Shop Latino TV offers the best value and the support of leading brands identified with the Latino needs. Made by Latinos for Latinos we strive to position ourselves in the market not as a mere shopping channel, but rather as a gigantic store that offers every home an immense variety of top-quality products at truly attractive prices.

To do this, we have a distribution platform strategically located in Los Angeles, Miami, and Puerto Rico, in order to consolidate product deliveries as quickly as possible. Shop Latino TV, developed a proprietary order processing system, allowing capability of 450 initial points of call reception to provide the personalized first class service our customers deserve in both English and Spanish."

Pen Fanatic!

My sister, who's a teacher, is a self-professed pen freak. I just saw these chic Jordi Labanda Animal Pens and I know she would love 'em!

A chic, stylish writing instrument from renowned Spanish illustrator Jordi Labanda. Clip features the sassy urban girl that is his signature motif. Fabulous packaging makes this pen an elegant gift. Also available in pink or green "reptile."

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The '07 ALMA Awards are on NOW!

And Prince and Sheila E. are bringing down the house!!!

I suddenly feel old..

"Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first Apple computer going on sale." via

Congrats, Stevie J., you've come a long way!

Golden Boy Nava

A writer of gay mystery novels and staff attorney for California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno wants to become the state’s first openly homosexual appellate court justice.

Michael Nava, 52, a 1981 graduate of Stanford Law School, “is in the running” for a seat on the California 1st District Court of Appeal based in San Francisco, the web site reported May 31. Noting that Nava is “also Catholic and Latino,” writer Mike McKee described Nava as “a can't-miss diversity pick.”

Men are Dammed!

I came across this book this morning: Adam's Curse: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Destiny by Bryan Sykes.

It looks like such an interesting read, I've always loved science and especially biology and evolution and I love it when scientists turn the world on its head.

This book discusses how because of the frail (how's that for irony?) state of the Y chromosome, men might actually be a dying 'breed.'

Adieu, machismo!

Monday, June 04, 2007

I feel good!

I took a yoga class today after work, and even though I had a really bad start to my day and a crappy workday, I felt so invigaroted after my class. I'm so glad I treated myself to this, it was neat.

As I was rushing to get to my class, I spotted this art deco chair:

Isn't it just lovely?

Speaking of lovely, I had a grand time yesterday, my best friend threw a little biz soiree for her friend's who are getting their sidehustles on, and so I went and made new friends and picked up some very cool jewelry and also got a taste of an awesome mocha tonic drink that will get you crunked w/o the caffeine.

Feel free to check out their sites and try their wares for yourselves!

Goussy's web portal to Health:

Tara's Jewelry site:

Free Day of Latina Beauty!

Papi's Day Picks

Men's gift set, 'Take a Break'
Andean Gift Sets(Andes)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sunday Roundup

Babel, Ugly Betty each win 4 ALMA awards

Museo Alameda showcases Hispanic heritage

Marly de Oliveira, 69; respected Brazilian poet, professor of literature

Grand jury declines to label attack on Hispanics 'hate crime'

Friday, June 01, 2007

Honor Jose Marti - Publish Your Own Legacy!

In memory of Jose Marti, the renowned poet and writer, is inviting you to honor his legacy by creating your own legacy — publish and pass it on! is a Website that allows users to self-publish and sell their works while retaining complete editorial and copyright control. Publishing books on Lulu is free and easy, and the Lulu marketplace provides a venue for your book to find its perfect audience.


The joy of women & 500 years of art

AOL Latino Announces New Social Networking Area, Latino AIM Pages

-June 1, 2007--

AOL Latino, the leading bilingual portal for U.S. Hispanics, today launched Latino AIM Pages (, a social networking service built on the popular AIM platform that lets Hispanics connect with friends and family in new ways.

As part of the launch, AOL Latino worked with Roselyn Sanchez to create a bilingual site featuring exclusive trailers, behind the scenes footage, photo galleries and a blog -
- updated weekly by Sanchez - for her new movie "Yellow" ( The film is scheduled for theatrical release on June 22.

Read more here:
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