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As I’ve written about a lot before, I’m a mixed kid who grew up in a bicultural household. My mom moved to the U.S. from El Salvador as an adult. My dad’s grandparents were immigrants to the U.S. from Poland and Germany (so, generic white person). I grew up listening to my mom’s Latin pop (my dad’s not really a music guy) and eventually got into noisy alt rock as a teenager (my fave bands were Sonic Youth and Sleater Kinney, neither of which sound like merengue). But I didn’t discover Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez’ Love and Rockets, the early 1980s alternative comic series, until I was in my early twenties.

I loved the aesthetic of the series, the women-centric storylines, and the punked-out Chicano characters of especially Jaime’s stories. I don’t think there’s been anything quite like it, before or since. Los Bros Hernandez were on my favourite music podcast yesterday, NPR’s Alt.Latino, to talk about the music they grew up on and how it shaped their work. Here’s the link.

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I don’t feel like writing book reports anymore, but I still want to keep track of the books I’ve read since my birthday. So, in order:

3.) Once Upon A Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez. Excellent book on Latina identity in the U.S. and the sad sociological truths that exist alongside this lavish blow-out ball.

4.) Love and Rockets vol. 1: Music for Mechanics by Los Bros Hernandez. Brilliant book. Strong, punk rock Chicana leads.

5.) Love and Rockets vol. 2: Chelo’s Burden by Gilbert Hernandez. I prefer the Maggie and Hopey stories, but this was cool too.

6.) Love and Rockets vol. 3: Las Mujeres Perdidas by Los Bros Hernandez. Holy shit I’m in love.

7.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I have nothing new to add to this conversation. Just read it.

8.) The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010, ed. Dave Eggers. Everything in this series is pitch-perfect.