The news is sad, but the fact that this made the news is good. Great that Emilio Navaira, who was born in San Anto and studied music and Texas State, achieved such success making Tejano music and helped bring some attention to the cultura of Tejas. According to the article, Navaira
disputed the idea that a Spanish-language artist like him could not find mainstream success in the United States. “Hey, man,” he said. “I was born in America, too.”
Send love to the family down in South Texas, and enjoy the videos in the articles.
Source: Emilio Navaira, Tejano Star on Both Sides of Border, Dies at 53 – The New York Times
Marlon James, whose most recent novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, is winning every prize a novel can win, shows he’s not just a great writing talent but a man of impeccable taste in literature. In this little piece for the NY Times about “the titles he’d most want with him on a desert island” (a side note–I can’t help thinking it’d make more sense to ask a Jamaicans books he’d take to the mainland), he writes:
I sometimes wonder if I’m the only person to realize that the collected Palomar stories, from one half of Los Bros Hernandez, adds up to the finest American novel of the past 30 years?
He’s probably not the only person that loves Gilbert Hernandez’ Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories, but there are certainly not enough others. Read the whole thing at the NYT site: My 10 Favorite Books: Marlon James.