The Most Fantastic Genre

[youtube:] PopCultureShock posted this great little clip about the new Blue Beetle -- Mexican-American Jaime Reyes -- and Junot Diaz' Oscar Wao, wherein Diaz notes: "The most fantastic genre can't keep up, or refuses to keep up, with how much our country has changed. And so people can dream about aliens, and they can dream … Continue reading The Most Fantastic Genre

Latino politics follow-up

There's been some interesting comments so far in Friday's "When politics gets personal for Latinos" post, including the one point the media often overlooks, that Latinos are not some monolothic entity that can be stereotyped in one particular way. Today, I came across a couple more interesting nuggets, one that digs a little deeper into Clinton and Obama's support within the Latino community … Continue reading Latino politics follow-up

When politics gets personal for Latinos

In reality, politics are without question a very personal matter but, partly due to the media's focus on the horserace aspect of elections and partly due to the candidates often allowing themselves to be defined by labels (or at the least, trying to marginalize their opponents with them), most political debate occurs from a safe, impersonal distance. … Continue reading When politics gets personal for Latinos

ménage à trois: 1/26/05

[One Marvel, one DC, both published the previous Wednesday, plus a random indie from whenever I feel like it, each reviewed quickie-style: 1 Minute=bad, 10 Minutes=good. Connections, if any at all, may be forced purely for the experience.] There's a saying in Hollywood about the difficulties of working with kids and animals, and with good … Continue reading ménage à trois: 1/26/05

Jesse Helms is back! And this time he’s black.

You can't make this stuff up. "Jesse Helms is back! And this time he's black." That's Winston-Salem city councilman Vernon Robinson's campaign slogan as one of eight GOP candidates in the July 20 primary for North Carolina's 5th Congressional District. Pretty inoffensive, though, compared to the radio ad he's running: ANNOUNCER NO. 1: Vernon Robinson, … Continue reading Jesse Helms is back! And this time he’s black.