Thursday, September 27, 2007

Latino Heritage Month


This weekend in NYC:


Open-Air Book Fair

What: Thousands of reads, $20 grab bags, Nolita House mac ’n’ cheese, and dessert from Pies-n-Thighs.
Why: Sounds like a page-turner.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: In front of Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., b/t Houston & Prince Sts. (212-334-3324).

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Women Read More

Why Women Read More Than Men

Does that we aren't just prettier but smarter too?

Bodega How-to

Bodega - Amazing videos are here

Funny & sad!

New Books on the Horizon

From Irete Lazo comes THE ACCIDENTAL SANTERA, the story of a Latina scientist's unlikely journey into Santeria, the ancient and often-misunderstood religion brought to the New World by Yoruba slaves.

From Leila Cobo comes Querida Gabriella, set in Cali, an American born woman discovers that when she when was four her Columbian mother had an affair just before dying in a plane crash, told through the woman's experience and her mother's journal entries.

Via Publisher's Lunch

Monday, September 24, 2007

Rebel Yell

I found this post on digg and can't stop reading these great quotes:

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.~ Napoleon

You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do. ~ [Usenet]

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.~ Bertrand Russell

The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr.~ Prophet Muhammad

The same people that wrote the bible thought the world was flat.~ Unknown - (disputed)

Git yer guns, the liberal folks are gonna let the coloreds vote!~ Unknown

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.~ Susan B. Anthony

More here: vagabox

Friday, September 21, 2007

The 1, 2, 3, 4 Apple Ipod Song

This song by Feist sealed the deal, now I so want a new Ipod Nano

Friday Round-up

- Book Review: 'Windows Into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives'

- What describes Latino identity?

- Book traces Latinos' rich influence

- Learn a 'new' language for free: Con Mango

- United we stand, divided we fall: Justice for the Jena 6l

- Che Guevara´s widow to launch Book of Memories

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Online Detective at Your Service

I simply can't believe I'm this good.

For years, I've been thinking about this perfume my mom had when I was a little girl. All I could remember was the way the bottle looked, that it was French and expensive and that I loved the way it smelled. For years, I have been searching in stores and online trying to see if I could find it and suprise my mom with it.

Well, last night I was bored and got on eBay and went through all the vintage perfumes and spotted a similarly designed bottle so I googled the perfume maker and BINGO! I was able to find it. Originally launched in 1962, BAL A VERSAILLES by JEAN DESPREZ. I'm so delighted I just had to share, it's gonna blow her mind when she gets it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Free Event: Ana Castillo 9/21

NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series: Ana Castillo
when: Fri 9.21 (7-9pm)
where: KGB Bar (85 E 4th St, 212.505.3360) map
price: Gratis
links: Event Info

NYU gets a bad rap here: huge tuition, freshmen with no sidewalk etiquette, moving-day traffic congestion, etc. It goes without saying, though, that NYU has also shaped some of New York's finest gray matter, and plenty is on display tonight at KGB Bar's Emerging Writers Reading Series, where creative-writing grad students read alongside established authors. This week: self-proclaimed Chicana-feminist, playwright, poet, and novelist Ana Castillo, whose novel So Far from God tackles everything from cultural assimilation and politics to existential identity crises, in lush magical-realism.

From: Flavorpill

Borders Bookstores Shiny Web2.0 New Site Launch - Go check it out!

A Day Late...or Two

My apologies for the lack of posts. I've been really boggled down at work, house hunting and feeling anxious and restless about graduate school and my unfinished novel.

Anyhow, let's move on...

- The Gray Lady is now free and open to all:

- "In honor of this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month, explores Louis Castro's contribution to Major League Baseball, examines the private life of the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who so profoundly influenced American art, and offers a list of festivals, concerts and lectures at the Smithsonian Institution and throughout the country."
Explore Hispanic Heritage Month on >>

- Visit Thirteen online for the full CANTOS LATINOS schedule

- New book on the publishing horizon:
"Journalist Luisita Lopez Torregrosa's A NEW AMERICAN FAMILY SAGA, chronicling the life of a multigenerational Latino family in America -- grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, grandchildren -- telling the story of the family's various paths to this country, their fortunes and misfortunes, the conflicts among and within families (including between the working class and the middle class), and their struggle to take a seat at the American table."

- New Stamp Honors 60th Anniversary of Landmark Desegregation Case, Mendez et al. v. Westminster School District et al.

- Hispanic roots? Family Tree Site Aids Hispanic Research

- Brown is the new green, Movie tries to demystify Latinos, you know because we are so mindboggling.

- Congrats to "America Ferrera [who] captured her first-ever Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy for her role as Betty in the Golden-Globe winning series "Ugly Betty." Her win marks the first time a Latina has won an Emmy Award for best actress."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Nestle Rolls Out Sexist Chocolate Bars

Every so often, I fall off the diet bandwagon and give in to the temptation of a morning egg, bacon and cheese on a roll. The few times I have been in this particular Korean deli, I've noticed that they carry a lot of items and brands totally unfamiliar to me.

One time I got some Chinese gummie candy for a coworker. The other day I noticed a chocolate bar named Yorkie in front of me.

Clearly written along its side was "Not for girls!"

Now, I totally get marketing gimmicks but as a feminist and a chocolate lover I am deeply offended by this sexist play by Nestle UK.

I did a little research and found that Norwegians and the US complained about the branding the most, while the bar has done quite well in UK since its debut in 2002.

Apparently, they ran a special batch once with pink wrappers, especially for 'girls." :rolleyes:

We will never forget.
Please feel free to click on the link and post your memories too.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Orphanage - Movie to go see

Update (via Hollywood Reporter): "Director Guillermo del Toro is gearing up to produce a remake of the Spanish-language film The Orphanage. According to Variety, New Line is in advanced negotiations to produce this new American version.

Del Toro was a creative supervisor on the original film, which marked the directorial debut of Juan Antonio Bayona. The film's plot revolves around a woman who returns to run the orphanage where she was raised. She is terrified to find her own child playing with the imaginary friend that used to torture her when she was a child.

Warner Brothers is releasing the original film in Spain on October 11th. The American version does not have a set start date at this time."

I loved Pan's Labyrinth and since I love spooky films more than anything. I wan't wait to check out this Guillermo Del Toro production:

Reuter's review here

Friday, September 07, 2007

‘Wrinkle in Time’ author L'Engle dies at 88

I was lucky enough to meet Madeleine L’Engle several years ago at a booksigning. I loved her books so much as a child that even though I was well into my twenties I went just to meet her.

Her passing brings me such sadness. Her joyful mix of religion and science and supernatural made her books treasured classics among many. She wrote over 60 books in her lifetime and won many awards including the National Humanities Medal.

Thank you, Mrs. L'Engle! Your books will live on and the legacy you left behind will be enjoyed by our children as well.

Her official website

Some teen reviews:

Selected Madeleine L'Engle Quotations (from

• Our truest responsibility to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find the truth.

• You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

• Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.

• We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.

• Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.

• A book comes and says, "Write me." My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability, which is never good enough, but all I can do is listen to it, do what it tells me and collaborate.

• That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along.

• We tend to think things are new because we've just discovered them.

• We tend to defend vigorously things that in our deepest hearts we are not quite certain about. If we are certain of something we know, it doesn't need defending.

• I share Einstein's affirmation that anyone who is not lost on the rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe "is as good as a burnt out candle."

• Infinity is present in each part. A loving smile contains all art. The motes of starlight spark and dart. A grain of sand holds power and might.

• The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being.

• Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.

• Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known.

• I do not think that I will ever reach a stage when I will say, "This is what I believe. Finished." What I believe is alive ... and open to growth.

• If it can be verified, we don't need faith.... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.

• What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God's love, a love we don't even have to earn.

• We have much to be judged on when he comes, slums and battlefields and insane asylums, but these are the symptoms of our illness and the result of our failures in love.

• In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come.

• Those who believe they believe in God but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself.

• Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.

• I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly.

• So I go to church, not because of any legalistic or moralistic reasons, but because I am a hungry sheep who needs to be fed; and for the same reason that I wear a wedding ring: a public witness of a private commitment.

• When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability.... To be alive is to be vulnerable.

• We're afraid to be human because if we're human we might get hurt.

• Are anybody's parents typical?

• It's a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.

• The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

• I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect.

• A life lived in chaos is an impossibility.

• Because you're not what I would have you be, I blind myself to who, in truth, you are.

Elsewhere on the Web: Resources for Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle Collection - Wheaton College

Whoopi Equates Vick's Animal Cruelty to Puerto Rican Cockfighting

Is she serious?

"So much for the sedate alternative to Rosie O'Donnell on "The View." Whoopi Goldberg used her first day on the daytime chat show Tuesday to defend football star Michael Vick in his dogfighting case. Goldberg said that "from where he comes from" in the South, dogfighting isn't that unusual.

"It's like cockfighting in Puerto Rico," she said. "There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of the country.""

Um, no it's not! First off, most Puerto Ricans (on mainland US) do not engage in cockfighting and as someone with a degree in anthropology and a background in cultural studies - I have never come across one mention of dogfighting or cruelly drowning dogs and bashing their heads in as part of a deep South/African American cultural study.

Secondly, while it's no argument that it's savage, in Puerto Rico cockfighting has been a legalized sport since 1933. There is no relevant comparison between what Vick's was doing in his mansion to the Puerto Ricans and cockfighting.

People who don't know what their talking about need to shut up, for real!
Don't perpetuate your own ignorant biases, please.

On to other news:

Scholastic wouldn't save Libreria Lectorum! They suck, if you ask me...
Read more here

NYC Events:

1. NYWIFT @ International Film Festivals in New York

A Brunch and A Day of Films by Latin American Filmmakers
@ Latinbeat Film Festival, 2007

The growing success of Latin American filmmaking is more evident than ever in this year's Latinbeat Film Festival. The festival presents 20 recent films from 11 Latin American countries, including outstanding works from countries with emerging industries that have never been represented in the festival before. It's proof that this year's festival is as diverse as Latin America itself.

For a fourth year, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and NYWIFT celebrate the work of Latina filmmakers with a brunch reception at the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery of the Walter Reade Theater.

Join us as we welcome Patricia Riggen (Mexico), Maryse Sistach (Mexico), Paula Heredia (El Salvador), Paz Fabrega (Costa Rica), Paz Encina (Paraguay), Tania Hermida (Ecuador), Tania Cypriano (Brazil) and Sandra Kogut (Brazil).

1:30 program:

Pinta The Bird / La Pajara Pinta
Paula Heredia, El Salvador, 2006, 10 min.
A book opens to reveal a magical legend set in a village in the smallest country of the American continent, where Pinta the Bird beckons a boy and a girl and makes their dreams come true.

Paz Fabrega, Costa Rica, 2006, 22 min.
In a small village on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Tanya and Laura are the only two high school students who stay behind after school closes. The two girls become close as they dream of the future.

My Grandmother Has a Video Camera
Tania Cypriano, Brazil/U.S., 2007. 60 min.
For over 20 years, a family of Brazilian immigrants in the United States used their home video camera to record first-hand how they saw their new world and struggled to establish themselves.

4:00 pm
How Much Further/Que tan lejos.
Tania Hermida, Ecuador, 2006, 92 min.
Esperanza arrives in the Andean country from her native Spain and runs into Tristeza, a cynical, mistrustful Ecuadorian university student. They soon embark together on a journey where, along the way, their exchanges with strangers and the companionship they find in each other result in surprising revelations.

Under the Same Moon/La misma luna
Patricia Riggen, Mexico, 2007, 190 min.
This is the story of nine year old Carlitos and his mother Rosario, who illegally crossed over to the United States to offer a better life for her son. Carlitos is raised by his grandmother in Mexico, until unexpected circumstances lead him and his mother to embark on separate journeys, in a desperate attempt to reunite.

Don't miss other films by Latina filmmakers showing at the festival:

Paraguayan Hammock/Hamaca paraguaya. Paz Encina, Paraguay
Mutum. Sandra Kogut, Brazil
Violet Perfume/Perfume de Violetas. Maryse Sistach, Mexico

All film are presented in their original languages with English subtitles
For more information about the films visit

Sunday, Sept 9th
Brunch reception @ 12:00 noon
Screening @ 1:30 pm
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, Plaza Level

NYWIFT and Film Society members $7. Non-members $11 (brunch included)
Tickets are available at The Walter Reade Theater box office,
and by prepayment at Please select affiliate price.

To RSVP for the brunch, please copy and paste the link below into your browser



For more information:

2. Fort Greene Festival feat. Talib Kweli
Sat 9.8 (12-10pm) Fort Greene Park (Dekalb Ave & Washington Park, Bklyn, 347.529.4171) map Event Info

Coming strong off his excellent new Eardrum release, BK son Talib Kweli joins local jazz, reggae, and hip-hop acts, as well as two feature films (including Rosie Perez's Yo Soy Boricua) and offerings from scores of restaurants, to celebrate this historically creative community.
Note: The fest runs all day, but musical acts take the stage starting at 2pm.

3. Celebrate México Now
when: Wed 9.5 - Sun 9.16 (schedule)
where: Various locations
price: Various
links: Event Info

Forget mariachis and margaritas, Celebrate México Now explores a culture ripe with diversity, all across town, over 11 days. Enjoy gourmet meals at Maya — featuring traditional Purépecha cuisine and native wine (Mon 9.10 - Thur 9.13) — and Papatzul (Sun 9.16), championing the traditional Sunday feast. Sample Mexico's recent cinematic explosion with shorts from the 2006 Morelia International Film Festival, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Elisa Miller and Gustavo Gamou (Fri 9.7).

South-of-the-border music abounds, ranging from experimental cumbia sonidero to Veracruz sounds with Afro-Latin rhythms and indie rock. Since it's not a festival without a parade, on Saturday, 9.15, the stilt-walking Brooklyn Jumbies take to Chelsea with a street performance created by Laura Anderson Barbata.

--- Hispanic Heritage Month:

Gale Thomson has some great resources come and get 'em

- Grow your brain!
20 simple ways become bookworm

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Introducing the Apple Touch, AKA the fat Nano

17 and a CEO

This cute 17 year old is my new hero:
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