Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

Monthly Archives: June 2012

Casa Madero (Villa)

I saw this yesterday on our tour with the Border Patrol in El Paso. Of course, this house is not original. Still, Madero and Villa hung out here.

End of June Update: Reading for 2012

I’m all screwed up with my reading schedule.

I’m still plodding at Moby Dick, which I read piecemeal on my iPhone when I have a spare few minutes pretty much anywhere.  I’ll get through it by the end of the year, that’s for sure.  I do want to plug this for anyone who has never read it.  What has struck me thus far are his descriptions of whales and whaling life.  It can be positively sublime and moving.   Take this description of a whale’s tail: “Out of the bottomless profundities of the gigantic tale seems spasmodically snatching at the highest heaven.”  Take from this what you will.

Finished Blood Meridian, which I decided to assign in my elective “Cultures of Violence” that I will be teaching this fall at the Air War College.  Done with All the King’s men, which I loved in the end.  It reminded me so much of Heart of Darkness, and well worth reading again down the road.  Light in August blew my mind.  I jumped over Percy and Foote for now and am in the middle of “As I Lay Dying,” which I am not enjoying as much as Light in August. (I have read Foote before but plan to re-read the first volume again this year).  I will report more on this novel when I finish it.  It’s a hard book that reminded me why I could not get through Faulkner when I was younger.  I will backtrack with the Border Trilogy later this summer.  I plan to read the Sound of the Fury as soon as I mop up As I Lay Dying.  Something about reading Faulkner in the South during the summer seems appropriate.

I’ll have more to say about these books later.  For now, I just wanted to give an update on where I’m at.  It’s been immensely rewarding thus far, but I do need to pick up the pace.

Happy reading.

Latino Voting Behavior — Some Stuff to Read via Stephen Nuño

Someone asked me for a short list of what they should read on Latino voting behavior.  So I asked a pro.  My pal Stephen Nuño came up with this list:

2008 election and where Latinos may have mattered
Page 6
Latino ideology and opinion:
Based on their book, The Future is Ours: Minority Politics, Political Behavior, and the Multiracial Era of American Politics.
Su Casa Es Nuestra Casa: Latino Politics Research and the
Development of American Political Science- Overview:
Identity and public opinion:
http://www.latinovotemap.org/map/

A site that helps measure impact for 2012:
To Stephen’s list, I like this one too on the browning of America.
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