Mondays Podcasting Project continues. I welcome you to listen in
to these podcasts anytime there are
20 posted so far and most with transcripts, all free. In this newsletter
you will find new
podcasts; several interviews (with me and with others); the latest
book reviews (Nut Country, Dreamland, and more); and the
upcoming workshop for the San Miguel Writers Conference, Mexico's
Feria de Libros, and other events. Plus the best from the blog,
MONDAYS" PODCASTING PROJECT
podcasts, exploring Marfa, Texas and the greater region of Far
West Texas, are apropos of my book in-progress
about Far West Texas.
Yes, I am making progress! As for the podcasts, there will be
more until there are 24. I invite you to listen in any time on
podomatic or iTunes for free here.
20. Raymond Caballero on Mexican
Revolutionary General Pascual Orozco and Far West Texas
(Notes) + Podomatic
were a lot of Mexicans very upset over the killing of Pascual
Orozco... it was a huge controversy... In El Paso, in San Antonio,
in Mexico City... they wanted an investigation. So what happened
was, 'whoa! We didn't kill some ordinary horse thief,
we killed General Pascual Orozco, the biggest military hero of
the early part of the Revolution! As a result of the concern
that they had, the Sheriff of Culberson County did something
very unusual..." ...
# 19. Pitmaster
Israel Campos in Pecos
(Notes) + Podomatic
it simple. Cook with wood. Can't beat it. No gas. Just wood.
Keep it like the old days.".
Listen in to all the other podcasts anytime.
Also apropos of my book
in-progress about Far West Texas:
THE ROCK ART TRAIL
IN THE LOWER PECOS
A guest blog post for Mary S. Black's Blog
Remote as they are,
the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of the US-Mexico border have a strangely
magnetic pull. That may
sound like a wild assertion, but the evidence comprises over
200 shamanistic rock art sites, many of them thousands of years
old, and the fact that dozens of rock art enthusiasts, including
myself, find themselves returning again and again.
It was on a meltingly hot August
day in 2014 that I made my first foray into the canyonlands for
the Rock Art Foundations visit to Meyers Spring. A speck
of an oasis tucked into the vast desert just west of the Pecos,
Meyers Springs limestone overhang is vibrant with petrographs,
both ancient, but very faded, and of Plains Indians works including
a brave on a galloping horse, an eagle, a sun, and what appears
to be a missionary and his church. CONTINUE
NEWS ABOUT MY MOST
INTO THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION:
I. MADERO AND HIS SECRET BOOK, SPIRITIST MANUAL
this book's website
Guest Blog for the New York
The Burned-Over District and the Mexican Revolution
Transcript of interview "On
Francisco I. Madero's Secret Book" with
Dr Rita Louise for her radio show "Just Energy"
Greg Kaminsky interviews C.M. Mayo about Metaphysical Odyssey
into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret
Book, Spiritist Manual.
to the podcast here.
"I found C.M. Mayos
book to be very engaging and well-written. This is not your typical
history, or even esoteric history book. Mayo is a profoundly
creative and insightful artist who is able to bring her own perspective
into the frame while enhancing our understanding of her subjects.
This is a masterful introduction to a topic that hasnt
been explored in this accessible way before, and may never be
again. If you enjoy esotericism, history, politics, and the way
that they sometimes intersect, I highly recommend you read C.M.
Mayos Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution."
Greg Kaminsky, host of Occult of Personality
REVIEWS IN MEXICO
"tal vez C. M. Mayo se
dio cuenta de que era necesario un nuevo estilo para abordar
temas como el espiritismo de Francisco I. Madero. Abandonar un
poco el tono académico más ortodoxo, y acercarse
a la literatura para explicar motivos históricos que proceden
de orbes personales. Y el efecto es afortunado: la vida cotidiana
reseña por José Mariano Leyva
"cumple con creces
su propósito de entender y explicar el contexto en el
que Madero escribió su Manual Espírita"
REVISTA DE HISTORIA INTERNACIONAL
reseña por Dra Yolia Tortolero Cervantes
The book is now available
in English and in Spanish, in paperback and in Kindle.
WITH OTHER WRITERS"
OCCASIONAL PODCAST SERIES
is an "occasional series"? Translation: I talk to my
friends about their work whenever I feel like it and the stars
align. I hope you will find these conversations as interesting
as I do. No new
podcasts to report, but there are two new transcripts:
A Conversation with Edward Swift, author
of My Grandfather's Finger
A Conversation with Sara Mansfield Taber,
author of Born Under an Assumed Name
Coming soon: A transcript for the interview with novelist
Solveig Eggerz, plus an all new crunchier-than-crujiente
interview with historian Mary Margaret McAllen about her magnficent
narrative history Maximilian and Carlota: Europe's Last Empire
Meanwhile, listen in anytime on podomatic or iTunes. Yes, all
my podcasts are free.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Feria de Libros
6:30 PM Salón Antonio Alatorre
Con Rose Mary Salum y Dra Ma Teresa Fernández Aceves
Presentación del libro de C.M. Mayo (traducción
de Agustín Cadena)
Odisea metafísica hacia la Revolución
Mexicana, Francisco I. Madero y su libro secreto, Manual espírita
Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Miguel de Allende Writers Conference
Feb 10 @ 3:30 - 5 PM
C.M. Mayo's "Podcasting
for Writers" Workshop
Feb 11 @12:45 PM
Tent A. C.M. Mayo reads from Metaphysical
Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution
Feb 14 @ 11 AM - 12:30 PM
C.M. Mayo on Panel on
with Sandra Gulland, Anne Easter Smith & Mary Novik
the Heart of the Story: Truth & Lies in Historical Fiction"
For updates, subscribe
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ON LITERARY TRAVEL WRITING
April 16, 2016 Bethesda MD
(Saturday, one day only)
10 am - 1 pm
Literary Travel Writing
Take your travel writing
to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader
the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you.
For both beginning and advanced writers, this workshop covers
the techniques from fiction and poetry that you can apply to
this specialized form of creative nonfiction for deliciously
Link to register on-line will be available soon.
Questions about this
THE BEST FROM YE OLDE
Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas
and the Birth of the Southern Strategy
by Edward H. Miller
by C.M. Mayo
Originally published in the Washington
Independent Review of Books.
the early 1950s, for most Texas voters, the party of Abraham
Lincoln had about as much appeal as Rhode Island barbecue. In the Civil War, Texas,
a slave state, had fought for the Confederacy. Reconstruction
brought Republican Party-rule, with its emphasis on establishing
and protecting rights for freedmen. The backlash from largely
ex-Confederate redeemers took only a few years to
flush the Republicans from power. Attacking them as the
black mans party, these Democrats called for racial
solidarity among whites and for rolling back the rights of African-Americans.
For decades to come, Jim Crow Texas, like the rest of the South,
was controlled by the so-called yellow dog Democrats,
Democrats who would vote for their partys candidate, even
if he were a yellow dog. Yet by the 1960s, the Republican Party,
now espousing conservatism, came roaring back in the Lone Star
State. What happened? CONTINUE
Dreamland: The True Tale of
America's Opiate Epidemic
Review by C.M. Mayo originally published in Literal.
is a grenade of a book. Based
on extensive investigative reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico
border, Sam Quinones Dreamland tells the deeply unsettling
story of the production, smuggling, and marketing of semi-processed
opium base or black tar heroin originating
in and around Xalisco, a farm town in the state of Nayarit, and
in tandem, the story of the aggressive marketing of pain pills
in the U.S. in particular, of Purdue Pharmas OxyContinand
the resulting conflagration of addiction and death. CONTINUE
and Fun Maven, Letter Writing Aficionada, and Author of Write
On the Big
Thicket, New York, the Orphic Journey, San Miguel de Allende,
the Sierra Gorda, and more
the new transcript here.
Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom
Four Vital Videos of Feldenkrais and Anat Baniel Method for Writers
(And Other Desk-Bound Dreamers)
Translating Contemporary Latin
American Poets and Writers:
Embracing, Resisting, Escaping the Magnetic Pull of the Capital
of my talk for the American Literary Translators Association
Panel (same title)
started translating in Mexico City in the early 1990s. Mexico City is Mexico's
capital, but it's not analogous to Washington DC or, say, Ottowa,
Canada. The megalopolis, "the endless city," as Carlos
Monsivaís calls Mexico City, is like Washington DC, New
York, Boston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, all piled into
one. In other words, its the political capital, financial capital,
publishing capital, cultural capital, and television and movie
capital. Oh, and business capital, too. Yes, there are other
important cities in Mexico, and they have become more important
in many ways, and some of them have some excellent writers and
poets. But Mexico City is MEXICO CITY.
Back in the early 1990s, the ruling party, the PRI or Partido
Revolucionario Institucional or Institutional Revolutionary Party
was in power, about to enter the last decade of its more than
70 yes, 70years in power. How did it last so long?
There are many answers to that question but the main one relevant
for our topic at hand is that the PRI attempted to bring everyone,
whether farmers, campesinos, industrialists or intellectuals,
and that would include poets and writers, under its own big tent.
It had its ways. Stick and carrot or bone, as Mexicans
like to say. [CONTINUE
Across the Border
of my talk for the American Literary Translators Association
Panel, "Translating the Other Side," on translating
gracias, Mark Weiss, and thank you also to my fellow panelists,
it is an honor to sit on this dias with you. Thank you all for coming.
It is especially apt to be talking about translating Mexican
writing here, a jog from the Mexican border, in Tucsonor
Tuk-son as the Mexicans pronounce it. [CONTINUE
and (or?) Digital Fun
Hike in the Big Bend
ON THE WEBPAGE
MEXICOPHILES: See the Recommended
Books on Mexico
Updates on the Resources
page. Plus "Giant
Golden Buddha" & 364 More Free 5 Minute Writing Exercises.
good wishes to you,