Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands

Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands

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Xbox videogamer cholo cyberpunks. Infants who read before they talk. Vatos locos, romancing abuelos, border crossers and border smugglers, drug kingpins, Latina motorbike riders, philosophically musing tweens, and so much more.

The stories in this dynamic bilingual prose-art collection touch on the universals of romance, family, migration and expulsion, and everyday life in all its zany configurations. Each glimpse into lives at every stage—from newborns and children to teens, young adults, and the elderly—further submerges readers in psychological ups and downs. In a world filled with racism, police brutality, poverty, and tensions between haves and have-nots, these flashes of fictional insight bring gleaming clarity to life lived where all sorts of borders meet and shift.

Frederick Luis Aldama and graphic artists from Mapache Studios give shape to ugly truths in the most honest way, creating new perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about life in the borderlands of the Américas. Each bilingual prose-art fictional snapshot offers an unsentimentally complex glimpse into what it means to exist at the margins of society today. These unflinching and often brutal fictions crisscross spiritual, emotional, and physical borders as they give voice to all those whom society chooses not to see.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816533978
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Camino del Sol Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. He is founder and director of LASER, a mentoring and research hub for Latinos (ninth grade through college), selected as a 2015 Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. An expert on Latino popular culture, Aldama is the author, co-author, and editor of twenty-six books, including Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez and The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez.

Table of Contents

All Possible Borders/ Todas las fronteras posibles Ana María Shua xiii

Prelude: A La Tito Monterroso

The Hunger Pangs / Gruñidos de hambre 4

The Message / El mensaje 6

The Fear / El miedo 8

Destroy, They Said / Destruir, eso dicen 10

Planning to Teach / Misión de enseñar 12

Love / El amor 14

Love, Again / Amar de nuevo 16

Is Love Possible? / ¿Realmente existe el amor? 18

Ends/El final 20


Tila Tequila / Tila Tequila 24

Knock, Knock… / Toe, toe… 28

Unended Story / Historia sin fin 31

Lexicon / Lexicon 40

The Day I Was Born / El día en que nací 43

In Your Dreams / En tus sueños 44

Dirty Old Man / Viejo rabo verde 46

Tummy Aches / Dolores de barriga 47


Breaking Bad / Que te saiga lo cabrón 54

Motorbike Guy / El chico de la motocicleta 58

Family Man / Un hombre de familia 63

Hell to Pay / Te vas a condenar en el inflerno por regatero 66

Frank / Frank 76

The Americano Way / A la americana 81

White Picket Fences / Cercas blancas 86

Gómez… Alfonso Gómez / Gómez… Alfonso Gómez 90

Upside Down and Inside Out / Al derecho y al revés 94

Nueva Americana / Nueva americana 98

Hello… Kitty™/Hello… Kitty™ 103

Ego Sum Qui Sum / Ego sum qui sum 104

All in the Goddamn Pinta Family /Todo en la pinche familia pinta 111

Cell 113/Celda 113 118

The Father… in Three Parts / EI padre… en tres partes 122

Spinoza on the Matter / Spinoza sobre el asunto 125

No Hair, No Fun / Sin pelo no hay gloria 129

Those 45s / Los discos de 45 RPM 130

A Mouth to Feed / Una boca que alimentar 133

Ricky & Co./Ricky & Co. 137

She Loved Her Malandrino / Ella amaba su Malandrino 140

Señor Xbox / Señor Xbox 143

Un Día /Un día 146

Lifer / A perpetuidad 149

Five Things S/he Can't Live Without / Cinco cosas sin las que él/ella no puede vivir 151

Notes to a Father… I Once Thought I Had / Cartas al padre… que una vez creí tener 156

Shit Smell of the Old / Entre más viejo más hediondo 160

One in Four They Say / Una en un millón suelen decir 163

Six Feet Under / Dos metros bajo tierra 165

Hurry Up… and Die / Muérete… de una buena vez 171

Life in the End / Al final de la vida 174

Swimming to Exhale / Nadar hacia el último suspiro 176

A Long Story Cut Short / Una larga historia amputada 179

Author's Note 186

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