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FRANCISCO I. MADERO'S SECRET BOOK OF 1911===
I. Madero was the leader of Mexico's 1910 revolution and
President of Mexico from 1911-1913.
its extraordinary content, and the fact that Madero's Spiritist
Manual is one of the earliest Spanish language manifestos
of this new religion, what stands out about this work is that
it was prepared precisely during the period when Madero's political
career was rocketing to its apex: he was campaigning throughout
the country for the Mexican Presidency, then fighting the Mexican
Revolution both in Mexico and, variously, from exile in Texas
and New Orleans; and then, running again for the presidency
which, later in 1911, he was to win.
As Mexican historians
Enrique Krauze, Yolia Tortolero, Alejandro Rosas and Manuel Guerra,
among others, have emphasized, Madero's Spiritism undergirded
his political philosophy and actions as candidate for the presidency,
as leader of the Revolution, and as President, many of which
were incomprehensible to and/or misinterpreted by both his supporters
and his adversaries. For this reason, the Spiritist Manual
is a fundamentally important work for anyone who would study
Madero and the Mexican Revolution.
It is also a vital work in the history of both Spiritism itself
and modern gnostic Christianity. Whatever one's personal beliefs
may be, it would be intellectually naïve to dismiss Madero's
Spiritism as mere superstition, as most people who first hear
of it and indeed, most of his biographers, do. Spiritism emerged
in a context of the mid- to late 19th century's far-reaching
scientific experientation; moreover, it has its place alongside
other religions that emerged in the same century, among them,
Christian Science, Mormonism, Spiritualism, and Theosophy.
Sandy Baum, professional photographer and pilot, will give a
talk, "A Tale of Two Cities"
C.M. Mayo will present and discuss her translationthe
first into English of Francisco I. Madero's
secret book, the Spiritist
For both beginning
and experienced fiction writers, "Techniques of Fiction"
focuses on generating new material with exercises addressing
specificity, point of view, synesthesia, imagery, image patterning,
plot, rhythm, and the use and misuse of dialogue. The goal is
that by the end of the workshop, your writing will be of notably
Meanwhile, whether you take the workshop or not, help yourself
from "Giant Golden Buddha" & 364 more 5 minute
==PODCASTS=== This winter I won't be
teaching at the Writer's Center in Bethesda Maryland as I usually
do because I'll be embarking on a new book project, a collection
of essays about West Texas, specifically, the area around the
little desert town of Marfa. As part of this project, starting
in January 2012, I'll be posting a monthly podcast. Check it
out at this link:
Watch the two promotional videos here: Where is Marfa?
and Where the Buffalo Is Marfa?
to Break a Writing Block
C.M. Mayo on the power on the five minute writing exercise. The
end of this podcast offers an exercise so get out your
pen and paper. (For more exercises, visit "Giant Golden
Buddha & 364 More 5 Minute Writing Exercises.) *About 11 minutes. Please note that on
iTunes the timing is only 7 minutes, so if you're doing the writing
exercise, best to listen on podomatic (the button to the left).
"C.M. Mayo on Creative Writing:
The Best from the Blog,"
a 50+ page cornucopia of the tips from my writing workshops.
Click on the cover to download this fully formatted PDF (which
you can read on any computer and also open in iBooks).
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==OTHER RECENT NEWS===
my memoir of travels in Baja California, originally published
by the University of Utah Press and available in paperback from
Milkweed Editions, is now also available in Kindle wth a snappy new cover.
My translation of "Why
I Read," an essay by Mexican writer Agustin Cadena,
has been published in The Chatahoochie Review, and my
translation of Cadena's short story "Parque Murillo"
appears inthe anthology
Messages and a Warning, edited by Eduardo Jiménez
Mayo and Chris N. Brown (Small Beer Press, 2011).
Cadena is such an elegant and vivid writer. If you read Spanish,
be sure to check out his blog, El
vino y la hiel.
Thank you for
your interest in my work and good wishes to you!