BurntCitrus Notebooks
Panel discussions at WizardCon: San Antonio

Panel discussions at WizardCon: San Antonio

I will be at WizardCon in San Antonio, Texas in a couple of weeks talking about comic books! Saturday, 2 August, I will be on a panel discussing 1939 in the comic book industry and World War II. Sunday, 3 August, I will give a mini-talk, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain”,...
#Referendumya Day 2: Making Working Groups and Police Intimidation

#Referendumya Day 2: Making Working Groups and Police Intimidation

“In order for the law to be written on bodies, an apparatus is required that can mediate the relation between the former and the latter. From the. instruments of scarification, tatooing, and primitive initiation to those of penal justice, tools work on the body. Formerly the tool was a flint knife or a needle. Today...
Referendum Now: A Spanish Democracy for the 21st Century

Referendum Now: A Spanish Democracy for the 21st Century

Part one in an ongoing series on the movement #referendumya. Yesterday, in Madrid’s centre square, the Puerta de Sol, thousands of Spaniards of all types came together in an act of defiance against the Spanish Constitutional Monarchy upon the news that King Juan Carlos I of Spain, a Bourbon king, had abdicated the throne in favour...
Poetas por Kilometro2 2014: NYC

Poetas por Kilometro2 2014: NYC

In the summer of 2013, while at one of my favourite bookstores in Madrid, a conversation started with Pepe, the owner of Arrebato Libros.  Pepe told me about the project Poetas por Kilometro2, a travelling poetry festival that he organises that is celebrated annually around the world. Pepe mentioned to me that he was looking to...
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 for a public audience. Course...
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 Spanish Civil War, the...
The Gallows are Busy

The Gallows are Busy

In January, I had the honour of being apart of the new publication, The Gallows Are Busy, published by Cicada Press, a collaborative effort of different artists, writers, and thinkers exploring suspension and disassociation from various perspectives. My contributions include a short piece entitled “Madrid Kills Me: Queer Obsessions and Late Nights in the Movida Madrileña”.  The reflective...
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.
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 joven historiador norteamericano al que...
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...