Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

Fordham’s first digital humanities history course! Based on nearly two years of research and preparation, this cultural history  course has students study bohemianism starting in the 19th century using social network theory, queer theory, urban space theory, and critical theory, while collecting oral histories, creating digital content, and maintaining a website made...
Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books

Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books

      I will be presenting at the Council for European Studies in Washington D.C. on the 15th of May! Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books Saturday, March 15, 2014 Committee (Omni Shoreham) Louie Dean Valencia-García , History, Fordham University In the aftermath of...
The Gallows are Busy book release!

The Gallows are Busy book release!

Venue: Macie Gransion (87 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002) 6:30 PM on 18 January 2013 Click here for more details. Join me at the book release party for The Gallows are Busy, a collaborative effort of different artists, writers, and thinkers exploring suspension and disassociation from various perspectives.  My contributions include a short piece...
I want to write a social history about the Movida and everyday people...

I want to write a social history about the Movida and everyday people…

Just thought I would share this article that was written about my research in a local newspaper in Madrid, SomosMalasaña: “Quiero escribir una historia de La Movida social y de la gente corriente” Escribir el primer libro en inglés sobre La Movida Madrileña. Ese es el propósito de Louie Dean Valencia, un...
Feísmo ilustrado, or Illustrated Ugliness—beauty in Madrid

Feísmo ilustrado, or Illustrated Ugliness—beauty in Madrid

Wandering around the city centre in Madrid the semi-attentive observer will start to see a very curious theme appear—feísmo ilustrado—, or “illustrated ugliness”.  However, not only does this street art have a wonderful theme and impressive body of work (ALL OVER THE CITY CENTRE), but the artist(s) broadly succeed at...
vinyl makes us hipsters feel better about ourselves, or, why I love vinyl

vinyl makes us hipsters feel better about ourselves, or, why I love vinyl

  Hipsters everywhere love vinyl.  The sound is “warmer”, they say. What is warm sound?  Far from a music theorist, I will try to describe what it is about vinyl that turns the hipster into an addict of vinyl.  I currently have thousands of songs in my iTunes; I also have...
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Acción, meditaciones y muerte de Juan Bravo

Acción, meditaciones y muerte de Juan Bravo

My first publication with the digital archival project, Archivo de la Frontera, has been published online.  Serving on the Scientific and Editorial Committee, I will also be publishing documents related to my research on youth culture in Spain in the 1960s and 70s.  This first publication, an introduction to censorship documents relating to the Emilio...
Work to be done

Work to be done

A few interesting numbers released by the US CENSUS BUREAU this month.  Much work to do. To see the full report.
Completely Surreal

Completely Surreal

Me acaba de pasar una de las experiencias más surrealistas de la vida. Hoy, por correos, me llegó una revista de 1978 con una entrevista con uno de los protagonistas de la Movida Madrileña, el poeta Eduardo Haro Ibars—murió de sida en el 1988. Como suele pasar, me fui al Café Comercial para leer la...
Happy 75th Birthday, Superman: A Little Note from a Big Fan

Happy 75th Birthday, Superman: A Little Note from a Big Fan

Happy 75th Birthday to “the Man of Tomorrow”.  Here in Spain, coincidently, “Man of Steel” arrives to the big screen on his anniversary.  No better way to celebrate the Last Son of Krypton. I have been following the adventures of Superman since I was 11.  For better or worse, I have every Superman comic since...
When They Were Young: Greats Worth Knowing

When They Were Young: Greats Worth Knowing

Some greats worth knowing.
Adventures in Tetuán... Tracing the Past

Adventures in Tetuán… Tracing the Past

Today’s adventures brought me to the Estrecho Metro stop—a train station opened in 1929 in a working class neighbourhood called Tetuán.  A lead on the Internet brought me to Hiper Comics, owned by José. Tetuán is made of approximately 49% of retired people, 11.74% unemployed, and 35% of the overall population is immigrant (source: FRAVM). Tetuán is also known...
a hipster lit flowchart: What should I read next?

a hipster lit flowchart: What should I read next?

Hipster books for the aspiring hipster.   Source: goodreads
Rimbaud in New York

Rimbaud in New York

Photos from the series “Rimbaud in New York 1978-9″, by David Wojnarowicz. David Wojnarowicz and Arthur Rimbaud. Two boys suffering untold abuses. Connected through the messy  bloodstain of art, a paper mask worn by so many. Rimbaud was shot at by his lover, Verlaine. Wojnarowicz was shot when the knock of the door of a...
Notebooks for Dialogue

Notebooks for Dialogue

Just wanted to share with you all the new imagining of the project that originally started on BurntCitrus.  It’s called Notebooks for Dialogue (sound familiar?)  The content will be provided primarily by students enrolled in my class “understanding historical change: early modern europe, or, murder! treason! equality! and terror!”  More coming soon!
curation of ourselves: digital identities and publicness in the 21st century

curation of ourselves: digital identities and publicness in the 21st century

I am a discerning poster on Tumblr, carefully choosing what I post.  On Facebook, I bounce between news articles and the like that I think are worth reading; however, my status updates primarily revolve around my coffee, comic book and bibliophile addictions—with heavy accents of internet meanderings which I find informative or noteworthy (many thanks...
little care boxes for people affected by hurricane sandy

little care boxes for people affected by hurricane sandy

We are putting together care packages to give to those affected.  We need people to spread awareness of our efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.  We need VOLUNTEERS to help us pack and deliver these care packages this weekend.  We need people to donate (even if it’s a dollar) to help provide these packages. We’ve...
how much does free speech cost?

how much does free speech cost?

I often pass by the advertisements in the New York Subway (which are now underwater) and barely pay attention.  Usually, it is something banal that doesn’t interest someone who doesn’t own a television. However, recently, when walking through Grand Central Terminal to meet up with some friends for a day of coffee shop hopping and...