Friday, July 30, 2010

New Poem: Broken


He wears a mask

So you cannot see

The fragmented soul within

Abandoned, neglected, damaged.

She wears a veil

Of dark, black hair.

A shield against the vulnerability

Vast within her.

Shattered pieces

Fall to the floor

Disjointed yet united

The glass ceiling

They cannot cross

Afraid of what they cannot see

Of floating away.

They bide their time to

Open doors

And release the secrets from the well

Bloody tears refrained.

Broken, no more.

Copyright © 2010 
* Art credit: Jeff by Jeff Soto

Fidel Castro to Release Memoirs

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Target and Costco Bring Books Back to Spanish Harlem

While many online are pondering the gentrification of Spanish Harlem and are worried for the mom and pop shops of the area, I spotted the benefits of both stores right away: Places to Buy Books!

Both Costco and Target have book sections, and while Costco does require a paid membership to shop, the new Target stocks a wide range of books in both English and Spanish for all readers. I was thrilled to spot these at both stores on a recent shopping trip. And, I might add that I have never seen as much foot traffic through El Barrio as was seen on the opening day of Target, even through a torrential downpour the crowds rivaled that of the South Street Seaport.

Target had promised to "tailor the store's merchandise assortment to include a generous selection of multicultural offerings including Spanish language and Ebony greeting cards, Gospel and Latin music, Spanish language books and movies, religious candles and a large assortment of multicultural dolls," and it seems that they did a good job. Now if only they would amend their political donations...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ode to the Eighties

There was a time right before I was a teenager where I was fascinated with California, surfers, BMX bikes, Corey Haim and all things hot pink. Most of my time was spent reading library books or Sassy Magazine but a lot of time was spent watching TV and movies too.

Here are some of my favorite definitive movies from the 1980s:

Modern Girls - "Modern Girls was made in 1986 and is about three girls on an adventure through L.A.'s nightlife." I thought when I grew up this is what my life was going to be like; work then nap so I could enjoy all night fun with roommates,...wild, clubbish nights...

 Night of the Comet - "A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the zombies and evil types who survive." I am usually terrified of zombies but there was something fun and cool about these two teenage sisters, who are so utterly different from each other, inheriting the earth and the, um, mall.

The Lost Boys - "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire. A 1987 American horror film about two Arizonan brothers who move to California and end up fighting a gang of teenage vampires." My sister took me to see this is in the theaters and I can still remember that it was a hot summer evening that night. It was so magical, it's basically imprinted on my mind.

Maldeamores - Riding the Roller Coaster of Love

Last month, a rep from Maya Entertaiment contacted me about their movies and sent me a copy of Maldeamores.

I watched the film last weekend and found it to be a really great film, one that I will definitely be sharing with my mom, who I know will enjoy it as well. I can't believe I missed this one:

Maldeamores is set takes place in Puerto Rico and revolves around several interweaving stories of mad love, the illogical, and masochistic kind. You know the kind that burns eternal or remains stamped in your heart forever.

However, the film is witty, extremely funny (especially in how it encapsulates every aspect of Puerto Rican culture perfectly - you will be reminded of mami, agüela, tio, etc., I promise), and touching. Think Speed meets Crash (with a dash of Love in the Time of Cholera) but with a focus on tragic and/or timeless love.The film's executive director is Benicio Del Toro and Luis Guzmán has a starring role

If you haven't seen it, I definitely recommend it. You won't regret it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Facial Reconstruction of One of 3 Oldest Human Skeletons in Americas


Las Palmas Woman lived during the ice age some 10,000 years ago in what is today the Yucatan Peninsula, and was discovered in 2002 by INAH specialists.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Marta Acosta’s ‘Shadow Girl’ goes from free on Scribd to hardcover from Tor

Congrats to Martha Acosta!

Old Man and the Sea / Buena Vista Social Club Mashup

This one goes out to those who dream of the sea...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Around the Web

- A new study by the Pew Research Center found that that Blacks and Latinos are among the biggest users of mobile web technology, and that low-income communities are among its fastest adopters.

- 10 Beach Books For Smarty Pants Readers

- If you have already seen Inception, you might appreciate this... (spoiler Alert):
An Illustrated Guide To The 5 Levels Of Inception.

- The Book Inscriptions Project is interesting.

- Wow:  Amazon Now Selling More Ebooks than Print

- Tumblr Is On Fire. Now Over 6 Million Users, 1.5 Billion Pageviews A Month

- Everyone has been checking out who I Write Like, which lead to The iTunes Top 10 Singles And The Writers They Sound Like , and then, A Q&A with the Creator of "I Write Like": "The Algorithm is Not a Rocket Science".

- Swan dive into the best reading experience of your life at the library

- Does the Old Spice Guy’s success mark the end of racism in America? What's your take on this?

- Will reading be an athletic activity 40 years from now? How will the technological advancements affect writers and the creative process?

- Mac Cosmetics issues an apology and pledges to donate proceeds from the sales of their new Juarez inspired line after protests about the choice of names and the gaucheness of a makeup line inspired by a town where over 5,000 (speculated) women's violent murders and rapes have gone unsolved. They have stated they will also change the names of the products in the line.

- Some great posts from Socialogical Images: Latinos’ Attitudes about Women’s Roles, and Some Methodological Issues, and Women and their Maids: A Photographic Levelling

- Loving this song:

Today in Irony


Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Letting Be

It's quite funny that for someone who is so generally "quiet" I have such a hard time just getting my mind to be still but I'm learning to just let things be, and take the weight of the world off my shoulders.

Here are some things that have caught my eye lately:

Postbourgie Takes a look at who can appropriate stories and culture

The Grey Lady on Lucy and Oscar Hijuelos' Muse

5 Ways to Cultivate an Active Social Network infographic

Not so much: Prince declares "the internet is over."

Sade - Babyfather "Your daddy love come with a life time guarantee..." - Sweet and sexy video to a sweet song.

Bookshelf Porn - no explanation neeeded

Random confession of the day: I am addicted to Nutella - it's like crack.

Undead fans will enjoy

Books I want to read:
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender- the description reminded me of LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks - My best friend is reading this - she's lending it to me next.
Let the Right One In: A Novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and Ebba Segerberg - Vamps, bullys, and vendettas - coming to the big screen this fall.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - I've always found genetics fascinating.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel by David Mitchell - Who can resist a tale of forbidden love?

* Art credit:  Fermer la fenêtre by Valérie Maugeri
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