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The Shrug

It happens more often than not that I lose my voice as a writer. And not only that, I lose everything. I feel absurd and out of place, like a character in a novel that has fallen off the page. Sometimes I struggle against this feeling, looking for inspiration anywhere I can find it. That means I revisit old work. I read my favorite authors or watch certain films that remind me of another time in my life, maybe a moment where I was more productive than I am now. Otherwise, I just let myself go and see where this empty feeling takes me. It could be somewhere awful, but usually it’s a sudden, unexpected moment of beauty that brings me back to myself. Then I forget about the entire process until the next time. This may sound familiar or it may not, but this is how I work as both a writer and a person. It’s very Sisyphusian, no? Anyway, one of the more difficult aspects of this experience is the feeling of being …

Notes on Latino Lack of Diversity in Hollywood and Selma Omissions

If you are Latino and have followed both the Golden Globes award ceremony and Academy Award nominations, then you might be celebrating eight Oscar nominations in several major categories or an unexpected win (and incredible speech) by Gina Rodriguez two weeks ago…down goes Dunham, down goes Dunham! By now you should have also come across articles criticizing the lack of diversity this year at the Oscars; more specifically, the meager two nominations for a critically acclaimed film like Selma…this after 12 Years A Slave won three Academy Awards last year, including nine nominations. Selma only received two nominations: one for Best Picture, which is also the most crowded and contested of all the major categories; and another for Best Original Song. But let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment, “Glory” is a really terrible song; it almost ruins the experience as you’re leaving the theater. So I interpret the nomination as a sarcastic gesture to say the least. Taking a few steps back always comes with its distractions. This year, you have Birdman receiving …