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|Reframing the Latino
Towards a Humanistic Paradigm
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Brash, intelligent, and possessed of a searing rhetorical passion, Alvaro Huerta's Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate asks readers to reassess critical political and cultural issues unfolding along the U.S./Mexico border. Paired in this volume with the striking photography of Antonio Turok, Huerta's words move readers "towards a humanistic paradigm" in a work that emerges as must-reading for students, scholars, and policy-makers alike.
"Alvaro Huerta provides a ground-up view of the most pressing issues facing our nation of immigrants. Drawing on personal and familial experience, and a scholar's understanding of social history and current political dynamics, Huerta offers a human face to issues that have been overwhelmed with heated rhetoric and special interests."
CHON A. NORIEGA Director and Professor | UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center | Author of Shot in America
"I urge you to read this impassioned defense of immigrants in the United States. Powerful and poignantly personal, Huerta's book humanizes an issue that is so often distorted by opportunistic politicians and crass pundits. He spares neither the Republicans nor President Obama in his critiques, and he makes an irrefutable case for amnesty. Pay attention to Alvaro Huerta: his words pack a punch."
MATTHEW ROTHSCHILD Editor, The Progressive | Author of You Have No Rights
"Dr. Alvaro Huerta provides a compelling antidote to the anti-Latino rhetoric so prevalent in recent decades. His is a personal response to seemingly impersonal policies of detention, stigmatization, and undermining of Latino citizenship and belonging. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the 'other side' of the story about immigrants and their children in our society."
LEO R. CHAVEZ Professor, University of California, Irvine | Author of The Latino Threat
REPRESENTATIONS OF FASHION:
The Metropolis and Mediological Reflection between the Nineteenth and the Twentieth Centuries
(Bi Sheng/Juan Pablos Digitovisuo Artifacts Series)
Paperback: 114 pages | Hyperbole Books 1ST edition (2013)
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The rest of us interpreters of culture might as well lay pens to rest. Antonio Rafele's rapid injection in the arm spirals us down through rabbit holes where we glimpse with penetrating insight projections of our urban-made psychic selves. As if lucid dreaming, we come to understand how authors such as Poe, Leopardi, and García Márquez offer pit-stops in our otherwise impossibly fast-forward moving, Ritalin-induced life filled to the brim with TV, internet, and videogames. We can reach through this illusion, but choose instead to buy into the discontinuities of fashion that never quite satiate our existential emptiness. Not since Baudrillard, Barthes, McLuhan, and the Wachowski Bros has such a mind come along who can zip open reality to show with such precision the specular and spectacular nature of our existence...Dare if you will to step into this daydream.
FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA | Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University
"In this provocative and pathbreaking book, Rafele shows us how a mediological approach can radically and productively reframe our understanding of modernist subjectivity. His lyrical meditations on the works of Simmel and Benjamin reveal the extent to which 20th century notions of subjectivity must be understood in relation to 19nth-century concepts of the metropolis and the technology of photography. If you've ever wondered what the 'New' in New Media Studies might actually look like, you'll find a compelling example in this brilliantly-conceived and well-executed study."
RYAN SCHNEIDER | Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English and Affiliated Faculty, Program in American Studies, Purdue University
|LEARNING FOR REVOLUTION
The Work of Kathy Acker
by Spencer Dew
Publisher: Hyperbole Books
an San Diego State University Press imprint
1ST edition (2011)
$24.00 list price | trade paperback
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Hyperbole Books heralds the release of a new, dynamic title focused on the work of a 20th Century American Original: Kathy Acker.
"An indispensable entry into the annals of Ackerania, Spencer Dew's Learning for Revolution: The Work of Kathy Acker provides a poetic, personal, political, and, above all, pedagogical take on a critical figure whose contributions to finding and teaching imaginative ways of engaging with reality cannot be overstated. A deeply humane and insightful book, this should be on the shelf of anyone interested in "the ability of artistic work to affect change in the world" and who also seeks to find the blood and guts of what it means to interact morally and ethically with other human beings."
author of Live Nude Girl:
My Life as an Object
"So often, academics (myself included) have approached Acker as a punk/plagiarist revolutionary without satisfactorily asking why ultimately is she doing this? Alternatively, Spencer Dew's Learning for Revolution applies the secular concept of the Talmudic (Blanchot) to Acker's work, to propose a compelling answer to that question: Acker's writing aspires to the pedagogical, the instructional... I am not declaring this the end of Acker criticism, but Dew certainly has created a strong argument that will reverberate throughout Acker scholarship."
rogue scholar and author of
Devouring Institutions: The Life Work of Kathy Acker
"Progress is possible; plagiarism implies it. Spencer Dew offers an excellent guide to Kathy Acker as a progressive writer, at odds with exploitation and oppression in all forms. He is a patient reader of Acker as reader, of Blanchot and others, for whom friendship is the key to practicing another kind of life. Not the easiest person to befriend in life, Dew shows Acker on the page to be a writer whose generosity borders the infinite."
author of A Hacker Manifesto
150 YEARS OF EVOLUTION
Darwin's Impact on Contemporary Thought and Culture
Mark Wheeler, editor, with William Nericcio
San Diego State University Press
$24.95 U.S. | $23.50 CAN | $288 MXN | 17 Euro
Science / Cultural Studies / History of Science / Philosophy
In November 2009, scholars representing academic disciplines from across the globe gathered at San Diego State University to celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Out of this event now comes 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Impact on Contemporary Thought and Culture. Edited by Mark Richard Wheeler with the assistance of William A. Nericcio, this compelling, interdisciplinary anthology features studies of interest to diehard Darwin scholars and to general audiences interested in the consequences of this singular thinker's work. The volume includes new work by Curtis Johnson, Michael T. Ghiselin, Alan C. Love, Matthew Crippen, Richard Weikart, Sandra A. Wawrytko, Julius H. Bailey, Erin McKenna, John Rhea, Ellen Mayock, Donna Yarri & Spencer S. Stober, Mary Trachsel, and Leesa Rittleman.
|Homer from Salinas
John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California
William A. Nericcio (Editor)
$14.95 list | trade paperback
From April to May 2007, some of the most celebrated scholars of American Literature, cultural studies, and California history joined with noted artists, performers, and photographers for a unique John Steinbeck celebration at San Diego State University. Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California collects these lectures, screenings, debates, discussions, and visual artifacts into one handy volume that unfolds as a mélange of old school conference proceedings, next-generation, Web 2.0 journalism, and a scrapbook. The collection, edited by William A. Nericcio, includes outstanding pieces by Jeffrey Charles, Charles Wollenberg, William Deverell, Francisco X. Alarcón, Hernán Moreno-Hinojosa, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Paul Wong, Fred Gardaphé, Arturo J. Aldama, Michael Harper, Joanna Brooks, Arthur Ollman, Louis Hock, and Susan Shillingslaw.
Núria Vilanova's new book is about borders and texts . . .
It studies the relationship between the Mexico-U.S. border and some of the fiction produced in the area. What are the different presences of the border within these texts? Is the border so powerful as to permeate the aesthetics and literary discourse of such texts? Can the multidimensional space of the border be determinant in the making of fiction? After a review of border dynamics within the Mexico-U.S. context, with a look at border and Chicano studies, Border Texts explores the fiction of Jesús Gardea and Luis Humberto Crosthwaite.
Latin Americanist Núria Vilanova has devoted much of her research to the Mexico-U.S. border from a cultural and literary perspective. After completing her Ph.D. at Liverpool University (1993), Vilanova established herself as an authority on Peruvian literature. She has taught in several universities in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She is the author of The Impact of Social Change upon Literature: Social Change and Literature in Peru (1970-1990) (1998)."
"Vilanova's Border Texts is rich and multifaceted study that blends literary and cultural studies, economics, history, and the sociology of immigration studies. This complex and highly readable study opens a terrain to understand how Mexican based border writers, theorists, and cultural producers articulate the ever growing discourse of those on the Otro Lado (the other side) of the U.S line of empire and provides a rich and compelling side of border cultures from South to El Norte, rather than its reverse. As such, Vilanova's study brings to the fore voices of Mexican based border writers and cultural producers adds to the rich epistemic and political shibboleth of post-contemporary U.S. border theory and studies."
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Fluxus: The History of an Attitude
Owen F. Smith
ISBN 1-879691-51-5 | 1998 trade paperback | 326 pp. | US $27.00 | Second Printing $22.95 ONLINE SPECIAL!
Fluxus: The History of an Attitude is based on the author's exhaustive archival research tracking the physical remains of this fascinating interdisciplinary and international arts movement that began in the 1960s. Smith, in his "introduction," says, "Fluxus was once called 'the most radical and experimental art movement of the sixties,' but for anyone seeking to learn more about the historical nature of Fluxus and its conceptual framework it might more readily seem to be just plain frustrating rather than radical. This is in part the case because Fluxus is historically complex and philosophically difficult to define. This very ambiguity, however, is an aspect of its radicality. Fluxus is both an attitude towards art-making and culture that is not historically limited, and a specific historical group. As an attitude, Fluxus is part of a larger conceptual development that is a significant, although often overlooked, current of the twentieth-century Western avant-garde. This attitude is in part traceable to the network of interrelated ideas about culture, politics, and society explored earlier in the twentieth century by the Futurists, the Dadaists, and the Surrealists. Some of these same ideas were later explored after World War II by artists associated with groups such as Letterism, International Situationism, Nouveau Realisme, and Fluxus itself." Also, Smith claims the Fluxus is still very much alive today and that "Fluxus is by nature anti-reductivist, for it does not seek the illumination of some end or fact but celebrates participation in a non-hierarchal density of experience. In this way Fluxus does not refer to a style or even a procedure as such but to the presence of a totality of social activities. Fluxus seeks to shift from traditional utilitarian-based proscriptions to an open-ended, less evaluative participation in the processes themselves." The book is provided with a comprehensive bibliography and index.
The Future of the First Capital of the
Loreto: El Futuro de la Primera Capital de las Californias
Paul Ganster, Oscar Arizpe, and Antonina Ivanova
Loreto: The Future of the First Capital of the Californias is a bilingual (English and Spanish) collection of 17 essays written by scholars from the United States and Mexico that discusses the historical development as well as challenges that Loreto, Baja California Sur, faces. Six major themes are: (1) natural resources and environment; (2) history, society, and culture; (3) economy and regional development (4) tourism; (5) government and quality of life; and (6) the challenges ahead.
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Perversions on Parade: Brazilian Literature of Transgression and Postmodern Anti-Aesthetics in Glauco Mattoso
Steven F. Butterman
This is the first book-length scholarly treatment in English of the Brazilian poet Glauco Mattoso's work, some of which was written during Brazil's most recent dictatorship (1964-85). Steven Butterman highlights Mattoso's themes of homosexuality, fetishism, and symbolic sadomasochism within a context of a comparative examination of transgressive literature in the Western canon (Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Verlaine et al) with particular emphasis on Luso-Brazilian literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
Poetry International #9
New U.S poems by Jan Lee Ande, Chris Buckley, Philip Dacey. Ann Fisher-Wirth, Linda Pastan, Charles Harper Webb, and many others | International poems in translation from Mexico, Italy, Spain, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Italy, and Japan | A special feature celebrating the legacy of William Matthews | The remarkable art of Millicent Tomkins...and much, much, more.
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This exciting new memoir charts the remarkable life of Dr. Charles W. Hostler: hawking newspapers on San Francisco cable-cars; prowling Westwood as a UCLA undergraduate; road warrior for the California Highway Patrol; flyboy for the U.S. Army Air Corps, East Coast secret agent-trainee in the OSS (the precursor to the CIA); and colleague to real world "James Bonds" in England's MI6. All of these serving as mere pitstops in a singular odyssey that culminates with Hostler's appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain (1989-1993) and his doings during the Persian Gulf War. Hostler's memoir is lavishly illustrated with eighty selections from the author's extensive archive of photographs.
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the Stone: The Natural, Social, and Industrial History of the Village
Farnams, Town of Cheshire, County of Berkshire, Commonwealth of
by Paul Metcalf & Lucia Saradoff
Foreword by June Nash
Working the Stone is a unique work made up of text and images that takes as its focus an abandoned New England limestone quarry. Placed in an extended chronology of the area's archaeology going back 350 million years, Metcalf's and Saradoff's work moves into an orchestrated oral history of the quarry told by people who remember how the enterprise was set up and run. Waves of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Poland, and Italy occupied villages in the area and worked at the quarry and plant, which was eventually acquired by U.S. Gypsum. Mechanization of the work processes replaced men and their laboriously gained expertise. Farnams then became a ghost town, and only recently has the area begun to experience a revival brought about by young professionals eager to return to the land. The story of the plant, quarry, and its people over the generations grows out of a complex weave of lyrical prose, oral histories, drawings, documents, and historical and contemporary photographs all unified in a testament to the enduring human spirit.
Tecate Baja California: Realities and Challenges in a Mexican Border Community
Edited by Paul Ganster et al.
publication of 19 essays describing current trends and challenges in
Voyage to the End of the WORD
translated by Harry Polkinhorn and Teresa Fiore
1st ed.. San Diego State University Press, 1997
Descript xiii, 109 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
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Description of Distant Roads
Original Journals of the First Expedition into California, 1769-1770 by Juan Crespí
Edited and Translated by Alan K. Brown.
San Diego State University Press,
2001. ISBN 1-879691-64-
890 pages || deluxe hard cover edition || $60.00
This volume includes the complete journals of Juan Crespí in Spanish and English. Este tomo incluye los diarios completos de Juan Crespí en español y ingles.
This work makes available for the first time the complete journals of Juan Crespí, the Franciscan friar who accompanied the first expeditions that established Spanish presence in Alta California. Beginning at the northern edge of the mission frontier of Baja California, the 1769 expedition trekked overland some three hundred miles to establish San Diego. From there, Crespí and the contingent of military personnel and Indian auxiliaries traveled northward on to Monterey and back again. Crespí journals provide the first detailed observations about the new land of Alta California and its peoples. This book is an essential source for the history of Spanish occupation of Alta California and the native Americans inhabiting the land.
This volume, which is the result of some forty years of research by Alan K. Brown, brings together what Crespí wrote in its entirety. All other printed and manuscript versions were censored, heavily edited, condensed, and excerpted by Serra, Palou, and othersalterations that dropped out critical detail and valuable information. This edition makes all other printed versions of Crespí's journals obsolete.
Brown has stitched together the complete journals from different manuscript versions in archives in Europe and the Americas. They are presented by the editor in the original Spanish with detailed annotations and comparisons of alternate versions of sections of the text. As well, Brown provides a new English translation of the full texts.
The work includes an extensive introduction by Alan K. Brown that in itself is a valuable contribution to the history of the period and gives a detailed and realistic vision of the life of Crespí. The volume also contains detailed explanatory notes, an index of sites, a general index, and a list of references.
What the experts say:
the erudition and detective work of Alan K. Brown and the high
standards of SDSU Press, we no longer have to depend on a flawed
of this essential account of the founding of Spanish California. This
the definitive edition, in English AND Spanish.
David J. Weber, Dedman Professor of History, Southern Methodist University, and author of The Spanish Frontier in North America (1992) and many other books on the Spanish-Mexican borderlands.
will be an integral part of any collection of basic California
materials. Researchers in related fields such as anthropology,
geography, and ethnobotany, along with history buffs and mission
will seize upon it as a Îmust read itemâ and it
instant Îmust possessâ title for any California
collection. Alan K. Brown deserves immense credit for his monumental
editing, and analytical effort that produced this volume.
Harry W. Crosby, author of Antigua California, Mission Colony on the Peninsular Frontier, (1994).
"Alan K. Brown
has provided historians, scholars, and researchers with a tremendous
His monumental and authoritative translation of Crespí's
journals will quickly become an indispensable work for all who study
history of California. The introduction to Brown's work is, in and of
a masterful piece of research and writing. The extensive and thorough
attest to Brown's careful attention to detail and desire to include the
latest scholarship in his work. Brown's translations from the original
Spanish texts are superbly done. They remain faithful to the Spanish
are "reader-friendly." Having the Spanish version of the original
available in the text for comparison purposes greatly increases the
of Brown's contribution to researchers.
Rose Marie Beebe, President, California Mission Studies Association and Professor of Spanish, Santa Clara University
For a review of this volume by bajacalifornia.org, click here
The U.S-Mexican Border Environment: U.S.-Mexican Border Communities in the NAFTA Era
Edited by Norris C. Clement
This volume is the fourth in the SCERP Monograph Series. It analyzes how the demographic, economic, infrastructure, and environmental characteristics of the border region have changed from the period prior to the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to 2000.
The U.S.-Mexican Border Environment: Economy and Environment for a Sustainable Border Region: Now and in 2020
Edited by Paul Ganster
This is the
third volume in the SCERP Monograph series. It comprises the papers and
deliberations presented at Border Institute II, which upon the
during the first Border Institute. Further, the work explores the
of reinventing the economy to provide a solid base for achieving
providing necessary environmental infrastructure, and enhancing quality
of life in the border communities.
Cooperation, Environment, and Sustainability in Border Regions
Edited by Paul
Environment, and Sustainability in Border Regions is based on
presented late in 1999 at the San Diego, California meeting of the
Regions in Transition (BRIT) group. An international network of border
specialists, the BRIT group has also convened in Berlin (1994), Joensuu
on the Finnish-Russian border (1997), and in Chandigarh, India, near
Indian-Pakistani border (2000). Key themes of this volume are
cooperation, border environmental concerns, and issues of sustainable
in border regions, including the U.S.-Mexican border region, European
regions, the Baltic region, Russian-Finnish border areas, and Asian
regions. Also included are essays on methodological and theoretical
to border research.
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A Baja California Indian Community at Mid-Century
by William D. Hohenthal, Jr.
Edited by Thomas C. Blackburn,with contributions by Margaret Langdon, David Dronenfeld, and Lynn Thomas.
a cooperative publication of Ballena Press and the Institute for the
Studies of the Californias, this book provides a richly detailed
native toponyms, kin terms, ancient enmities, and traditional material
culture of work that has been obscured for over 50 years. It is useful
both as a primary source and a compendium of information on the
communities of Northern Baja California. An accompanying map circa 1950
aids the reader in locating the ethnography in a historical and
on other RELATED publications, visit the IRSC web
U.S.-Mexico Border Environment
A Road Map to a Sustainable 2020
Edited by Paul
Border Environment: A Road Map to a Sustainable 2020 brings
background papers and ancillary materials prepared for the Border
I, held in December 1998. The briefing papers, as presented at Border
I and then revised, lay out basic information and analysis about the
economy, environment, and governance of the border region. They provide
the context for discussions of the environmental sustainability of the
region over the next twenty years or so. The purpose of Border
I was to encourage stakeholders in the region and elsewhere to redirect
their focus from immediate and urgent current border environmental
to the steps that must be taken soon if the region is to arrive at 2020
with a healthy and sustainable environment. SCERP, and its
in Border Institute I--the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
Border Trade Alliance--will convene additional meetings approximately
year to continue the discussion on key aspects of the environmental
of the border region. Each of these institutes will produce a volume
the SCERP Monograph Series.
Una Visión Fotográfica e Histórica
A Photographic and Historic View
Harry Crosby, Paul Ganster, David Piñera Ramírez, & Antonio Padilla Corona
paper, 58 pp and 42 black-and-white photographs.
12" x 12"
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book of 42 black and white photographs and an interpretive essay with
maps provides a view of Tijuana in 1964. It
is a time in the city that many people remember, but many never knew.
book portrays Tijuana when it was still a small city of 235,000, with a
clearly defined center. Since that time, rapid population
industrialization, and urban sprawl have created the huge and complex
we know today. Tijuana in 1964 was a dual city, with one part oriented
toward tourism activities and life north of the border. The other part
was a totally Mexican city, with economic, social, and cultural
oriented toward national life. Tijuana 1964 effectively depicts this
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from this volume.
Diego-Tijuana International Border Area Planning Atlas / Atlas
del Área Fronteriza Internacional Tijuana-San Diego
paper, 64 pp
14 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
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This bilingual Atlas
integrates U.S. and Mexican data to provide a
harmonized view of the
binational strip of land that serves as an interface between San Diego
and Tijuana. The Atlas includes 15 full-color
thematic maps of the
San Diego-Tijuana border region and 35 black-and-white photographs.
thematic essays by experts provide context and commentary for
the maps. Essay topics include: land use, planned land use, water,
transportation infrastructure, population, employment, public
vegetation and land cover, topography and hydrography, and others. The Atlas
was produced through the collaboration of San Diego State
University's Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias, The
Department of Geography, the Municipal Planning Institute of Tijuana
the City of San Diego, the San Diego Association of Governments and San
Diego State University Press.
Federman A to X-X-X-X: A Recyclopedic Narrative
Edited by Larry McCaffery, Thomas Hartl, and Doug Rice
paper, 400 pp.
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This is a large "casebook" of materials related to the life and work of Raymond Federman. A French Jew and Holocaust survivor, one of the world's leading Beckett scholars, and the author of over twenty books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, Federman has also been one of postmoderism's most radical liteary innovators and most influential theoreticians. Federman A to X-X-X-X is the first major critical study devoted to his work to appear in America. Assembled by editors Larry McCaffery, Thomas Hartl, and Doug Rice, the volume unfolds as a series of several hundred alphabetically arranged entries in double columns forming an elaborate mock-encyclopedia of the sort Borges or Nabokov might have imagined. These entries include over a hundred representative stories, novel excerpts, essays, poems, and letters by Federman, many of which are previously unpublished, and hundreds of other entries by authors, critics, editors, and correspondents analyzing, criticizing, or often collaborating with Federman's works. Also included are individual entries on authors, artists, and books that influenced Federman, samples from a wide range of fiction, poetry, and criticism that illuminate his writing, a comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources, as well as a generous selection of photographs, drawings, reproductions of paintings, documents, manuscript pages, and other visual materials. Among entries are a number of unpublished essays and commentaries about Federman's work commissioned specifically for this volume by well-known critics and translators including Brian McHale, Richard Martin, Ronald Sukenick, Geoffrey Green, and many others. Click opposite on the number "10" for a review of this recent FEDERMAN volume. BUY IT NOW!
Since Postmodernism: Essays on Intermedia
paper, 252 pp.
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Modernism Since Postmodernism: Essays on Intermedia completed Dick Higgins' critical trilogy that began with A Dialectic of Centuries: Notes Towards a Theory of the New Arts and continued with his Horizons: The Poetics and Theory of Intermedia. A fluxperson, artist, poet, composer and scholar of intermedia, Higgins also authored Pattern Poetry: Guide to an Unknown Literature among numerous other works. He died in October of 1998.
Of course kitsch can be fun. Already 125 years ago, Rimbaud recognized this when, in the second section of A Season in Hell, he speaks of liking dumb paintings, door panels, stage sets, backdrops for acrobats, street signs, old-time literature and such-like. Who doesn't?... "Kitschspeak" is the term I use...for the fashionable kitsch language about the arts, sometimes delightful for a while, as with Jacques Derrida, for instance, but ultimately locked so closely into fashion and the world of second-rate and derivative art that it is all but impossible to use with major work and thus destined to pass into academia or oblivion once its novelty has passed....There are, of course, many schools of postmodernism--and they are just that, schools--but for a preliminary discussion there is no need to identify all of them. However, it can be argued that most of them are of two sorts: pop-academic, in which the professors cite each other to build up a lattice of assumptions into a polemic that may or may not have any correspondence with the realities of the arts that lie outside what is known in their trade as "the discussion." The academic trades are known collectively among participants in such discussions as "the profession," much as prostitutes refer to "the life."
Dick Higgins from the Foreword to Modernism Since Postmodernism
Creek: The Crisis of Prisons in America
paper, 116 pp.
of this book spent almost ten years teaching in some of New York
harshest maximum-security prisons. Vernooykill Creek
is a sensitive
and profound cry of moral outrage against the penalization of America,
especially of America's less advantaged citizens. Matlin's personal
takes the long view, placing our current prison crisis in a historical
context. According to critic Noam Chomsky, ". . . It's a really
piece of work, which captures with wrenching vividness the torture we
on others, and ultimately on ourselves. . ." Howard Zinn writes that "Vernooykill
Creek is an eloquent and powerful rumination on his
in prison. It goes beyond his personal story to put into sharp and
perspective the larger problem, so cruelly handled in our society, of
and punishment." Richard Stratton, the former Editor-in-Chief and
of Prison Life magazine adds: "David Matlin spent
nearly a decade
as a teacher in some of New York State's toughest maximum-security
The experience moved him to compose this devastating essay. Matlin
with insight and passion as he diagnoses a hideous malady plaguing
the imprisonment boom, the warehousing of a whole generation of young
American and Latino men in our nation's violent and
prisons that threatens to destroy the very foundations of our culture."
David Matlin's first novel, How the Night is Divided,
for The National Book Critics Circle Award in 1993.
and Border Regions in Europe and North America
Edited by Paul Ganster, Alan Sweedler, James Scott, and Wolf Dieter-Eberwein
paper, 376 pp.
is a collection of essays on issues affecting the political, economic,
social, and cultural significance of international borders. It is an
that is particularly timely due to global events that are so rapidly
our understanding of international relations. The contributors to this
book share basic research and practical interests in deepening
of the multifarious and often contradictory processes that condition
interaction across international borders. Published jointly by San
State University Press and The Institute for Regional Studies of the
Diego State University: A History in Word and Image
by Raymond Starr
Trade paperback: 262 pages; illustrated | $36 plus shipping/handling
1995 | Also available in a Special limited hardback edition
$100 plus shipping/handling
State University: A History in Word and Image, by Raymond
the first and only comprehensive history of the largest campus in the
State University system. Originally conceived as a history through
by the late John Adams, whose generosity has made possible this
the work expanded to become a full-fledged history of the University.
chapters cover the founding of the institution in the 1890s in downtown
San Diego, subsequent transfer to its Park Avenue site, then later
to Montezuma Mesa. Special attention is given to student life,
the growth of academic programs, and how the institution was affected
world events such as World War I and World War II. We are able to see
growth of the school from its beginnings as a teachers college (or
school) to its current status as a major public comprehensive
with an internationally respected faculty, vital research institutes,
significant academic ties to Mexico and the Pacific Rim, and joint
programs. San Diego State University: A History in Word and
the centrality of the University both to the local community and as a
player in national and international intellectual debates.
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