Friday, August 31, 2007

Happy 3log Day '07

Blog Day 2007

"What is BlogDay?

BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors.

With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs."

Literanista's fave five blogs:

1. go2web2
- A blog about the web 2.0 world written by Isreali techie and cyber phenom. Orli Yakuel.

- If they're not talking about it at this infamous Manhattan and Media outlet it's almost not worth talking about.

- Everything that happens in New York daily.

4. clicked
- Well written blog about web news and pop culture.

5. Hispanic Trending
- This Hispanic advertising and marketing blog brings all the latest bicultural news to the forefront for the masses of bilingual Hispanics out there and the people who love to sell them stuff.

Bonus blogs: (Because I have so many favorites it's hard to choose just five)

- BoingBoing - Intelligent science/tech blog focuses on weird news
- core77 - Ultracool design blog
- Guanabee - Hispanic Media Gossip site
- Ririan Project - Motivational blog
- Princess Melissa - the blog of MTVs Real World New Orleans alumni, Melissa Howard. I've been reading her blog for over 5 years!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Un Poquito de Todo

I'm so glad I subscribe to Poets & Writers Magazine! This morning I took the latest issue with me on my commute and found much to my delight articles on Edwidge Dandicat, Junot Diaz and Cormac Mccarthy. Check it out here:

I was also inspired. Lately, I've been pondering how will I ever be able to follow my dreams and finish my anthopological graduate studies. The program I want to get into at NYU will cost me about 25K a year!

So I decided that maybe I should get a MFA at a city college and then rethink the NYU thing... I'll keep you guys updated.

So more news:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hot deal: The Almodovar Collection + Volver

Amazon has a great GOLD BOX deal today only:

Viva Pedro - The Almodovar Collection + Volver
List Price: $119.95
Yesterday's Price: $107.99
Today's Discount: - $56.00

Gold Box Price: $51.99 (57% off)

This Amazon exclusive bundle includes "Viva Pedro: The Almodovar Collection," a boxed set of eight feature films by Academy Award - winning writer and director Pedro Almodovar. Also included is the critically acclaimed film "Volver," featuring Penelope Cruz in an Academy Award nominated performance. Pedro Almodovar is a writer and director that IMDb has declared: "the most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Bunuel." This collection of his greatest films is an essential for any... read more

Monday, August 27, 2007

Travels with Che

Anyone who enjoyed The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) will enjoy a new show titled: Chasing Che.

Press release:

"Chasing Che, a ten-week series making its US premiere on V-me Tuesday, September 4 at 4:00pm(ET)/1:00pm(PT) gives viewers a fresh and entertaining perspective on travel and history.

More than 50 years after the journeys of Guevara and his friend, Alberto Granados, two young Latin Americans retrace their path. Over 13,000 kilometers through the same pampas, rivers and mountains, the adventurers begin a life-changing journey, following the route described in the book and film, The Motorcycle Diaries. As the two young riders compare the realities of present-day Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela to Che and Granado's observations a new South America will be reveled. How far has it come and where is it headed?

With Chasing Che V-me fulfills its mission to U.S. Latinos - with innovative programming that reveals new perspectives and information. Developed by National Geographic Adventure, Chasing Che unleashes the spirited adventurer in all of us with exhilarating stories and stunning imagery. V-me is presented locally by public TV stations in many cities as a digital broadcast and on basic cable and nationally on DISH Network Ch 9414 and DISHLatino Ch 846. Check your local listings for more information."

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fight the power!

Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age by Juana Bordas empowers Latinas to take on the world and claim their power as leaders in a diverse, and often tumulous society.

"The only book that presents a multicultural leadership model that integrates eight practices from African-American, American Indian, and Latino communities, instead of the heavily or exclusively Anglo-American based concepts of leadership."

Love it!!

"The Myth of Machismo: An Everyday Reality For Latin Women"

Machismo has been on my mind lately, and so while doing some cultural research I came accross this great article in the St. Thomas Law Review, published Thursday, June 26, 2003.

Machismo: An Everyday Reality

I also discovered Marianismo

"Marianismo is the inverse or female equivalent of Machismo in Latin American folk culture, that is it is the embodiment of the feminine rather than the masculine. It is the cult of feminine superiority. Evelyn Stevens states: "it teaches that women are semi divine, morally superior to and spiritually stronger than men."[1] The ideas within marianismo are that of feminine passivity and sexual purity, but are not exclusive to these ideas. There is power in marianismo that stems from the female ability to produce life. This term supposedly derives from Catholic beliefs of Mary as both a virgin and a madonna."

I never even realized there was a term for this idealization of women in the Latin community.
The Maria Paradox by Rosa Maria Gill and Carmen Inoa Vasquez, I'm adding this one to my booklist right now!

Foodie Mags. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage!

" Call it the Latinization of American food and lifestyle. Consumer magazines, cable and network TV entertaining and dining shows and other media in the general market are serving up Hispanic-themed content and diverse talent..."

Read the rest here:

Check it out, my bookworms: BookSwim: Netflix For Books

Do you get your movies sent to you via Netflix? Well, bookworms you might want to do the same with your books with BookSwim. BookSwim is an online book rental library club that recently launched to beta. Netflix proved the model could work with videos so it only makes sense that it would be emulated in the book industry.

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Besame Mucho!

How Bésame Lipstick Is Made, Step by Step

Garcia's Little Black Book of Style

Today on they discuss
The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia, which I incidently received free in the mail. Lucky me!

Latin superstar, Thalia also has a new book on beauty coming out soon too:

Thalia: !Belleza!: Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness by Thalia

Thursday, August 23, 2007

village voice > news > Runnin' Scared: A Murder Invisible in the Bronx by C

Great article on the media disparity between the murder of a Honduran Bronx Co-ed and that of a NYU S. African student

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Liberals Read More Books Than Conservatives

(Grinning) Why does this not suprise me?"A new AP-Ipsos poll finds that 34 percent of conservatives have not read a book within the past year, compared with 22 percent of liberals and moderates. Among those who had read at least one book, conservatives “typically read eight” books in the past year. Liberals read nine, moderates five..."

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Amazon forest sold off in housing scam, claims Greenpeace

[Damn, that's messed up!]An investigation by Greenpeace into the land scam, revealed that Brazil's land reform agency had set up large settlements for the homeless in rain forest areas including Brazil's oldest national park instead of placing them in already deforested areas, and settling urban families who promptly sold logging rights to major timber companies.

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Efforts start to save Puerto Rican league

A weekend after the Puerto Rican winter league announced plans to cancel the season, efforts are underway to salvage part of the schedule.MLB executives and Puerto Rican officials will meet Sept. 6 to discuss the state of the six-team league, and some current players have expressed to their union a desire to keep it alive.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

If You Write it in Spanish, They Will Come

Anglo-Irish academic enjoys surprise hit with novel in Spanish

Tuesday with Literanista

It's a soggy, rainy Tuesday here in NYC, and as I try hard to stay dry and warm...I just came accross some great posts to share with you all:

Life-Changing Books: Your Picks

Free University Courses as Podcasts

Authors@Google: Video Talks From the Epicenter of the Universe

I'm so subscribing to this blog!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Big up to Marcos Diaz

- Marcos Diaz waded into the water Saturday afternoon at the beginning of an attempt to swim around Manhattan two times. The 60-mile effort is being made to raise funds for children with leukemia in the Dominican Republic.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunday post from bed

So I admit it every once in a while, I like to lounge in bed -- the entire day!

It's almost 6pm and I can't say I moved from bed too much with the exception of getting up for a cup Bustelo, black and sweet. I remember a boy I had once dated who shared his bed, his paper and his coffee with on a cold Spring Sunday with me till nearly 4pm, I thought I had met my soul mate, so what if he was a communist.

Anyway, it's August in NYC and it's in the 70s, I'm so loving the fall preview. Autumn is my absolute favorite season. Yesterday, while I had some down time I sat down with a bunch of catalogs that were starting to pile up and started planning my holiday shopping list.

I really need to start saving money though. Last night, I also went to the movies and saw The Last Legion. While it was a rotten tomato nominee, I thought it was great for my boyfriend's thirteen year old son. The story focuses on Romulus Caesar, who turns out to be King Arthur's father. I've always loved the King Arthur tale and we are a bit of history buffs so we had fun.

My boyfriend was awestruck by the beauty of Indian actress, Aishwarya Rai, and really who could blame him?

It turned out to be a double feature night and we also saw Rush Hour 3. I guess it might be up some people's alley but I detest dumb comedy and grimaced inwardly at the stupid humor.

On to more pressing things, the Spanish community in NYC is banding together to send the Peruvians much needed aid: Check out ny1 for more information.

I hope a similar effort can be made to help save New York's Lectorum Bookstore at Risk.

Weirdly, I've been having techie dreams, how geeky is that? Last night, I dreamt about Google. LOL!

My best friend, sfida is going to Paris, and now I totally want to go too, it didn't help seeing Rush Hour 3, which is mostly set there as well. I think I might plan a trip later on this year maybe even for my birthday in December. We shall see!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Peru deaths surpass 500: Prime minister appeals for aid

My thoughts are with them:PISCO, Peru -- Peru's prime minister pleaded for emergency aid -- "even coffins" -- as the toll from the strongest earthquake to hit the country in 35 years climbed Thursday to 510 dead, at least 1,550 injured and tens of thousands homeless.

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New York's Lectorum Bookstore at Risk

Just a few years shy of its 50th anniversary in the Spanish-language book business, Libreria Lectorum may soon disappear from its 14th Street location in New York City.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hispanic & Proud, Children's Multicultural Lit

New U.S. Children's Books Play Up Hispanic Heritage

Multicultural children's literature has taken on a special vibrancy with the publication of new books featuring Hispanic culture through its gastronomic and musical traditions. ...continue

New Books from Fave writers

From one of my favorite NYC Latino writers comes:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Book Description via Amazon:
"This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ-the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.

Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. D’az immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot D’az as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time."

And from a extremely talented Haitian Sister: Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat

From Publishers Weekly

"In a single day in 2004, Danticat (Breath, Eyes, Memory; The Farming of Bones) learns that she's pregnant and that her father, André, is dying—a stirring constellation of events that frames this Haitian immigrant family's story, rife with premature departures and painful silences. When Danticat was two, André left Haiti for the U.S., and her mother followed when Danticat was four. The author and her brother could not join their parents for eight years, during which André's brother Joseph raised them. When Danticat was nine, Joseph—a pastor and gifted orator—lost his voice to throat cancer, making their eventual separation that much harder, as he wouldn't be able to talk with the children on the phone. Both André and Joseph maintained a certain emotional distance through these transitions.

Danticat writes of a Haitian adage, Â 'When you bathe other people's children, you should wash one side and leave the other side dirty.' I suppose this saying cautions those who care for other people's children not to give over their whole hearts. In the end, as Danticat prepares to lose her ailing father and give birth to her daughter, Joseph is threatened by a volatile sociopolitical clash and forced to flee Haiti. He's then detained by U.S. Customs and neglected for days. He unexpectedly dies a prisoner while loved ones await news of his release.

Poignant and never sentimental, this elegant memoir recalls how a family adapted and reorganized itself over and over, enduring and succeeding to remain kindred in spite of living apart."

Monday, August 13, 2007

Rich People Read. Books.

Rich People Read. Books

If this doesn't get you reading, I don't know what will...

New Book by Ana Castillo

The Guardians: A Novel

From Publishers Weekly:

"The acclaimed author of Peel My Love Like an Onion tracks the perilous lives of Mexicans who illegally cross to the U.S. for work. Fifty-something Regina, a poorly paid aide in a public school on the U.S. side, is raising Gabo, the son of her brother, Rafa. Seven years have passed since Gabo's mother, Ximena, was murdered by coyotes, or paid traffickers, during a crossing, her body mutilated for salable organs. As the novel opens, Rafa, who has continued to travel back and forth for work, is due to arrive, but vanishes. With Miguel Betancourt, a divorced teacher at Regina's school in his mid-30s, Regina tries to confront the coyotes who were supposed to cross Rafa.

In alternating first-person chapters, Castillo writes convincingly in the voices of the canny, struggling Regina, who remains a virgin after a being widowed in an unconsummated marriage; the desirous Miguel; the passionately religious Gabo; and El Abuelo Milton, Miguel's elderly grandfather. All are sucked into a vortex of horror as the search for Rafa consumes them. Castillo takes readers forcefully into the lives of the neglected and abused, but missing is a full emotional connection to the protagonists, who remain strangely absent even as their fates are sealed."

Move Over Seventeen, Here Comes Mis Quinces!

"Hearst Magazines Digital Media today announced that it will introduce, an online magazine and idea resource which aims to help 15-year-old Latina girls plan for their quinceaneras and the next 15 years oftheir lives., which goes live on August 29, is a bilingual site, which offers a rich and compelling online experience by way of celebrity interviews and advice, e-cards, weekly sweepstakes, videos, make-up how-tos, flipbooks, blogs and more."

Friday, August 10, 2007

Free Audiobooks Every Month

I recently uploaded Leo Tolstoy's The Ressurrection for free and it's now on my ipod!

Here's the link:

Use the coupon code AUG2007 to redeem this month's free audiobook download

Sorry for the Impromtu Hiatus

So it's taking me forever to get back here and post, my apologies, I've been playing catch up ever since I got back and there have been so many times I've seen things to talk about and post here but just haven't had the time. I do miss blogging and I hope my readers haven't given up on me just yet.

Here are some of my pics, we never made it to Savannah but we did enjoy some lovely time on the Virginia beach shore. If you ever go down there you must, I insist, eat at Captain George's restaurant. I swear the clams were divine!! I couldn't get enough.

On to other stuff, God sure don't like ugly: Thank God, she's not a Latina
and what's up with these T-shirts, offensive or funny?

- A new music video will feature Please visit for more details.

- Campaign to show support for Piri Thomas! You can learn more about the Save Piri Thomas campaign on the blog, Essentially, Thomas' step-son is refusing to pay Thomas money from a trust he administers. The court has ruled in support of Thomas, but his stepson, David Elder, continues to appeal. On August 20th in LA there will be a hearing to decide if David Elder should be removed as Thomas' trustee.

- AOL Latino and True.Com Team Up to Launch Amor y Amistad

- Check out: Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened by Jason Rodriguez

- Want to keep tabs on your favorite authors and discuss your thoughts with them? Then you should sign up at

- "Are you aware you can get Criticas in print – FREE? As a subscriber to Criticas Connection, Library Journal's twice a month newsletter, we know you have a professional interest in Spanish language titles.Criticas is published twice a year as a supplement to regular editions of Library Journal & School Library Journal. If you're not already receiving Criticas, we'd be happy to send you a print copy of this supplement upon publication.Simply send an email to and we'll put your name on our mailing list. Be sure to include your contact information (name and complete address). That's all there is to it."

- Voting for the 2007 Quills is open. Now is the time to cast your votes in 19 PW-nominated categories to determine the 2007 winners! Logon to and vote today.

- ''Juicy Mangos, the first ever collection of erotica stories written by and for Latinas, is out this week! It's been a labor of love for seven incredible, award-winning writers, and critics and authors are taking notice. The book is edited by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, the co-editor of Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting, and features Sofia Quintero, Elisha Miranda, Mayra Montero, Mayra Santos-Febres, Yxta Maya Murray, and Adriana Lopez.

As best-selling author Zane says, "Do not read this in bed or your sheets just might catch on fire. It is that hot!" And it's not just sexy: Pulitzer-Prize-winning-author of The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love Oscar Hijuelos called it an "amazingly well done collection of stories...not only a tantalizing read, but a deeply rewarding one as well." So get out to your local bookstore or go to or and order your copy now! (If you do order the book, please review online. Each review and comment counts, I swear!)

If you are based in New York City, get your copy signed at one of the following exciting events, all of which are absolutely free!

1) August 15 Elisha and Michelle will be featured as part of the hot In the Flesh series! Here are the details: From juicy mangos to sex on Fire Island and more, August's In The Flesh takes into the bedroom and beyond with steamy stories from someof New York's naughtiest (plus a visiting guest from Minneapolis). Featuring John Blesso (Sharehouse Confidential), Perry Brass (CarnalSacraments), Catherine Lundoff (Crave), Elisha Miranda (The SistaHood), and Michelle Herrera Mulligan (Juicy Mangos). Hosted by erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel (He's on Top, She's on Top, Caught Looking). Free candy and cupcakes will be served and authors books will be available for sale.
IN THE FLESH EROTIC READING SERIES. 8 PM., AT HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 BROOME STREET, NYC, (B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey, ) Free admission Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676 http://inthefleshread.../
2) August 16 Juicy Mangos selected for Las Comadres Book Club! Join us at Borders books at 10 Columbus Circle for a discussion on the themes raised in Juicy Mangos diverse, complex stories. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Take the A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle.
3) August 23 Are you an aspiring erotica writer? Come see successful, published erotica writers Rachel Kramer Bussel, Sofia Quintero, and Elisha Miranda for advice on how to write amazing love scenes and to break into the world of erotica writing. Michelle Herrera Mulligan moderates.7 p.m., Blue Stockings bookstore, Lower East Side of Manhattan at 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington,
4) September 13 Watch professional actors perform scenes from Juicy Mangos at our book release party! Co-sponsored by Sister Outsider Entertainment. 7-10 p.m Lava Gina, 16 Ave C (betw. 7th & 8th Sts) - New York NY 10009, 212-477-9319 - f 212-982-0489. For more info about the events or the book, visit"

- Get Ready for BlogDay on August 31st

- Now, I'm gonna go have some of mami's sopa de reis and see if I feel better.
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