Celebrated Mexican Journalist Germán Dehesa Passes away


Mexico grieves the loss of writer, journalist, playwright,  German Dehesa (1944-2010) . He first disclosed his battle with cancer in his column  back in August of this year. He promised his readers to write for as long as his illness would allow. He passed Thursday, Sept 2. He is survived by his wife and four children.

ABOUT MR. DEHESA:

He studied both chemical engineering and Hispanic literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico better know as UNAM, he worked as a professor there as well for over 25 years. In 2008 he recieved the Don Quixote award for Journalism awarded to him by Juan Carlos I King of Spain. On August 11 of this year was recognized as a  “Distinguished Citizen” by the Mexico city government..

He was a writer with the “Reforma” group, his work was also published in about 50 other publications nationwide. He became famous due to his masterful ability to play & create with the Spanish language. His dynamic writing style was informative and entertaining, as he wrote by making use of curious and original idioms,expressions found in Mexican Spanish. The employment of  news spellings and double entendres, were  some of the neat tricks he used to create works of humor & genius. He mixed both the critical with the mundane and invited everyone to put their analytical caps on. His column”The Angel’s Gazzete” became famous as it was a work elaborated in colloquial and simple language. Here he shared anecdotes from his personal experiences, talked about current events, experiences common to everyone, along with the expression of his political and critical thought. The column was especially acclaimed for its mini column within the column, a section entitled “How’d You Sleep last night?” In which he called out authorities, expressing grievance, &  dissatisfaction towards ineffective politicians and other lacking posts. Beginning in 06′ the “How’d You Sleep Last Night?” column was mostly dedicated to Arturo Montiel.

He joined the ESPN team as a commentator earlier this year on the show  “Capitanes de ESPN”  along side Jose Ramon Fernandez, Rafael Puente, Hector Huerta. For his brilliant reflections and commentary on Mexican society Mr. Dehesa will continue to be admired and celebrated.

Books by Mr. Dehesa :

  • Adiós a las trampas  = Goodbye to traps
  • La familia (y otras demoliciones)= The Family (and other demolitions)
  • ¡Qué modos!: usos y costumbres Tenochcas
  • ¿Cómo nos arreglamos? Prontuario de la corrupción de México
  • Las nuevas aventuras de El Principito
  • No basta ser padre = It’s not enough to be a father

Plays:

  • Tapadeus III
  • El gabinete de Belem
  • Borges con música
  • El pórtico de las palomas
Other related Links
Must Read PDF: “German Dehesa, Mexico and the Craft of Writing”  Analysis and translation of some of his work. (In English)

http://www.pucpr.edu/hz/088.pdf

Blog post about his life & passing in English

http://dailygrail.com/blogs/red-pill-junkie/2010/9/RIP-German-Dehesa-1944-2010


Mexican Pop Culture Icon to Cross Over


The iconic Mexican classic, a show near and dear to Mexicans, a total household name “El Chavo del Ocho” franchise is set to expand yet again. It all started with a live action comedy show back in 1971 , in 2006 an animated series ” El Chavo Animado” was released. The cartoon was produced by Roberto Gómez Fernández, son of writer/creator of  “El Chavo del Ocho” Roberto Gómez Bolaños. Gómez Fernández decided on the project as an homage to his father’s famous work, also he wished to pioneer one of the first animated series made in Mexico, based on a TV program.

The series consists of 100 episodes, and on August 26 will be entering its 4th season.  It is on the top 3 list for channel 5 on which it airs, competing with top contender Sponge Bob who has one of the best ratings among children’s programs. Now, an English version of animated “El Chavo” is next on the horrizon. 52 dubbed episodes are in the works, set to premier next year. The show’s staff are hard at work with colaborating voice over talents, and writers in figuring out just how to transmit that special, unequivocal “El Chavo” magical brand of entertainment. Due to cultural differences the staff is working on how to modify jokes, and adapt them for their new audience.

Lots of great stuff in store for the thriving franchise, the wide and positive response from the animated series gives way to an upcoming video game, set to be releases sometime in December. Along with an the release is an  El Chavo musical show set to open in December as well. The video game will be a  Nintendo DSi title with 52 mini games or “missions”. For the upcoming season: the show started with episodes based on storylines from the original live action series; the new season promises never before seen episodes and in HD.

New to El Chavo? Get to know this Mexican TV Classic. More Info about el Chavo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chavo

http://www.chavodel8.com/

Follow El Chavo on Twitter : @chavodel8com

To watch episodes of the live action series simply look up “Chavo del Ocho” on YouTube

More on this story

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/espectaculos/99992.html

Must Watch Mexican Blockbusters


2010 is the year of the Mexican Bicentennial, that’s Mexico’s 200 birthday, but also being celebrated this year is the centennial for the Mexican Revolution.  Wars are always ugly &  tragic no doubt about that, but the spirit of those who fight for what’s right, for their most treasured beliefs is always inspiring. In this manner the Mexican Revolution can be seen as a passionate, romantic era full of heroism and adventure. I’d love to recommend a movie that depicts just that.  I’ve really been interested in posting about Mexican cinema especially classic cinema and what better way to introduce those who aren’t familiar with it than this awesome movie. The movie is called “La Cucaracha”. It stars Maria Felix an icon of the “cine de oro” =”golden cinema” era of Mexico. She was commonly known, particularly in her later years, by the honorific La Doña.  There is no comparison really , but I guess you could say she might be something like the Katharine Hepburn of Mexico.

Here’s an excerpt.

La Cucaracha:“Take it off! Strip yourself of all that’s proper. Come at me with whatever you’ve got!” Isabel: “What I have, is too much for you.”

“La Cucaracha” tells the story of  a renegade soldadera with a fearless bravado.  Soldaderas = were female soldiers who went into combat alongside men during the Mexican Revolution. For those who don’t speak  Spanish, but would like to watch, I’ll break down the story.  “La Cucaracha” (Maria Felix) is a rough and tumble soldadera who is passionate about the revolution, however the hardships of war have given her a very cynical attitude and sharp tongue. She is anything but lady like, she believes in : drinking, gun slinging and being marry.  Doña Isabel  is a very religious, modest, widow she is constantly refereed to as a respectable lady. She hates the revolution because “the cause” took her husband’s life.  When the revolutionary Colonel Zeta comes to town “La Cucaracha” expresses her desire to join his men and is laughed at him and told to go home.  She refuses to be mocked or belittled so she decidedly follows their trail.  Doña Isabel follows too in search of her husband.  She arrives at their camp to find:  drunk men and women laughing by campfires and severe casualties, among them her husband. Distraught, disheartened and not knowing what to do with her life she reluctantly opts to follow the troops instead of going back home. She refuses to become a soldadera and just helps the group with things like : nursing and cooking instead. Along the way “La Cucaracha’s” renegade ways win over Colonel Zeta and he begins to try and woo her. At first she sneers at him with a prideful demeanor and  won’t have him, but they end up together. Colonel Zeta tells “La Cucaracha”  that if she is to be his “woman” she needs to settle down, and for love she does.  Trouble irrupts when La Cucaracha suspects that something going on between Colonel Zeta and Isabel. He assures her that he only only has eyes for her and any special attention he pays to Doña Isabel is out of respect for her as a lady & widow. As time goes by the war begins to change Isabela and she eventually likes the idea of casting her modest customs aside and becoming a full fledged soldadera. What happens next? Well, don’t want to give away the ending, so you’ll just have to watch =D

Here’s a link to part 1 of the movie if you want to watch the whole movie all the accompanying videos are numbered and should appear on the side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwtIPHu3Uxs

Mexican Artist of the Day


It’s Sunday, time to kick back and relax. Well, what can be more relaxing than admiring beautiful art?  I actually  found out about our featured artist through a tweet by Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa (Mexican League, team America/ El Tri  soccer star).  Diego Anaya is a talent native to Mexico City , one who can check pro soccer player & gifted artist off his “Things I want to become” list.  Just to get an idea of what kind of flavor his paintings have, his inspirations growing up included artists like Modigliani, Dali, and Warhol to name a few. Diego eventually got the chance to have artist Guillermo Canseco take him under his wing.  Thanks to the opportunity of being able study under this  artistic professional of 30 years Diego was able to exhibit and sell his work in several parts Mexico and a few major cities in the U.S.

I really wish I could post a picture of his work, but I’m not quite sure how that works, with all the copy write stuff. I’m not sure if I’d be ok to post something so long as I link it back. =S  Just  follow the links guys, his work is really cool.  So far my fav piece is “Thinking about sex & love” it evokes vibrant emotions. Well enjoyness much as always & let’s not forget to spread the word and support Mexican talent whenever possible =D

For a full bio and more info on the artist’s work please visit:

http://www.diegoanaya.com/

http://diego.3rdward.com/

Mexicans: With talent to spare


Wow just wow! Is all I can say about this collection. Hope you enjoy these gorgeous, luxurious, indulgent designs by Mr. Alberto Rodriguez. Such a shame that the sound was disabled for this video, what’s a fashion show without a soundtrack of course, but sound or no sound these creations blow me away.