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Galería fotográfica y musical 9: A Streetcar Named Desire

Lucía Rodríguez:

In “A Streetcar Named Desire” the colour blue appears consistently throughout the play. Later on, its occurrence is explained as one of the images that were fixed on Blanche’s mind after a dreadful event in her past. Consequently, the blue eyes of her lover seem to surround her, and the colour acquires additional importance for the text. This is Eréndira’s blue eye.

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Karina Lamas:

I did not know how  the Vasouviana polka in Blanche’s deranged head sounded, so here it is:

Alethia Ochoa:

When I was walking on Reforma admiring the cultural exhibitions of different countries around the world, these Arabian lamps caught my attention.  They reminded me the light bulbs that Blanche refers to in the play because of their weak and mystic light as if they want to disguise the blinding light of reality.

“BLANCHE: I don’t want realism. I want magic! [MITCH laughs.] Yes,
yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to
them. I don’t tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that
is sinful, then let me be damned for it! -Don’t turn the light on!”

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Etzel Hinojosa:

While walking among the antique cars of the exhibition that took place in Las Islas in Cu, I felt that I traveled back in time. There were many cars of the time Tennessee Williams wrote his play, so that it was easier for me to imagine the kind of setting in which A Streetcar Named Desire took place. I thing that the car of the firefighter men was the closest thing that could resemble a streetcar. There were moments in which its owner turned it on and made an annoying noise that made me also remember the continual noises that helped to create the atmosphere of the play.

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Valeria Becerril:

I really like the Simpson’s version, it may seem silly when you just see the musical clip but the entire episode portrays Blanche in a far kinder light than the film or the play and it does it well. Still I like the funny side as well so I was sorry that I could not find the one with the actual video. It shows Marge flying with the aid of a harness and surrounded by lasers to represent Blanche’s descent into madness.

Eréndira Díaz:

I came across this word some weeks ago “desire path.” It is the path that is created alongside the “official” one. This new path is created because it represents the shorts or the easiest way to go between one point and another. The width of the desire path and its erosion are the indicators of the amount of use that the path receives. Although Williams may have wanted to show the opposite, a desire path could prove that desire might emerge as a shortcut.



Poetry Zone 8: Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop por Alethia Ochoa. Desactivaré los comentarios de todas las entradas de poesía y dejaré de recibir material musical y fotográfico el lunes 3 de junio a las 10 am.

Poetry Zone 9: Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich por Juan Manuel Landeros. Desactivaré los comentarios el viernes  24 de mayo a las 10 am.

Galería fotográfica y musical 8: Faulkner

Lucía Rodríguez:

While sitting next to me, Karina started rubbing her knees, and this reminded me of the obsessive behaviour Anse Bundren displays when he is forced to choose between her children being with their mother in her deathbed and three dollars, in the first chapters of As I Lay Dying; Darl, as a narrator, notices: “‘It’s fixing up to rain,’ pa says. ‘I am a luckless man. I have ever been.’ He rubs his hands on his knees.” (12)

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Alethia Ochoa:

The arid land of this cemetery in Oaxaca could portray the
inhospitable southern place in Jefferson where the Bundrens buried


Karina Lamas:

This picture that was taken by my sister made me remember about Vardaman Bundren’s famous and puzzling quote “My mother is a fish.” Although this quote probably means “Addie’s decorporealization into metaphor, memory, and print” (Pease 87) for me it represents how inapprehensible is Addie’s dead for little Vardaman.

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Etzel Hinojosa:

Last weekend, there was an exhibition of antique cars in CU. I found this little model of Herman Munster’s car, a character of the black and white show called The Munsters. I could not stop thinking about all the trouble the characters of As I Lay Daying could have avoided if they put Addie in one of this motorized coffins.

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Valeria Becerril:

The song is “Not my cross to bear” by the Allman Brothers, which I think goes nicely with the theme of As I lay Dying.

Eréndira Díaz:

The dryness in Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” is the most vivid sensation I have from having read that novel. The day I took that picture, I was actually on a bus and it had been a long trip. The air conditioning had been on all night and I was freezing, but then the sunlight and the feeling of warmth awoke me. The same sun that haunts the Bundren family and causes them to be as dry and arid triggered in me relief.