latin@ writers

Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know

Carpe Diem: Seize the day (probably written on a white board in a classroom somewhere)

Caveat Emptor: Let the buyer beware (on legal stuff)

Cogito, Ergo Sum: I think, therefore I am (something profound to impress your friends)

In Absentia: While absent (also on legal stuff e.g., trial in absentia)

In Flagrante Delicto (my favorite): In flaming offence or in the act of a crime (as said in Clue)

Ipso Facto: By that very fact (used in philosophy, law, and science)

Mea Culpa: By my fault (as said in V for Vendetta)

Persona Non Grata: An unwelcome person (diplomatic term)

Prima Facie: On first view (another legal term)

Post Mortem: After death (as said on detective shows)

Pro Bono: Done without change

Quid Pro Quo: Something for something, this for that (as said in Silence of the Lambs)

Tempus Fugit: Time flies (song by Miles Davis)

Terra Incognita: Unknown land

Vox Populi: Voice of the people (as said in V for Vendetta)

Latin@ literature

Listed below are some great literature written by Latin@s. I highly encourage everyone to read at least one of the books below, they won’t disappoint! If you have any other recommendations on books written by Latin@s, please go on ahead and add it to the list. 

Spread and share!! Let’s advocate POC’s literature!

  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez
  • Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda
  • Black behind the Ears by Ginetta Candelario
  • Count on Me: Stories of Fierce Friendships by Las Comadres
  • Geographies of Home by Loida Maritza Perez
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Invisible mountain by Carolina de Robertis
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Massacre in Mexico by Elena Poniatowska
  • Ocotillo Dreams by Melinda Palacios
  • Perla by Carolina de Robertis
  • Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario
  • This River Here by Carmen Tafolla
  • We the animals by Justin Torres
  • When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Women with Big Eyes by Angeles Mastretta

Don’t touch my dreads.
Lemme tell you how they feel:

Coarse;like the cut of your eyes
Strong;like Samson before Delilah’s lies

Springy;Just like the way my people’s come back
Soft;(I only use shea butta n’ lilac)

So don’t call my hair dreadful
And try to steal it from my head
You’re doing it wrong
Your locs are bound with blood shed.

Wisely and slow, they that run fast stumble.
—  Friar Laurence to Romeo; The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

You looked at me with your bright eyes
and I lost myself.

You reached for my hand
and when our fingers interlocked, I felt married to you.

As we walked hand in hand toward the lapping waves
I thought only of how wonderful our footprints looked side by side
and not of how quickly the tide rose to erase them from the sand.

So together, we stepped into the ocean,
never once looking back at the ever-fading shore,
on this quest to meet the sky from the sea.

—  latin-elain

The Surrealism of Everyday Life with @vinicius_eneas

To see more photos from Vinícius, follow @vinicius_eneas on Instagram. For more Brazil stories, check out @instagrambrasil.

(This interview was conducted in Portuguese.)

“It does not have to be a rhinoceros crossing the street,” says the 25-year-old advertising copywriter Vinícius Enéas (@vinicius_eneas) about capturing what he calls the “surrealism of everyday life” in his photographs. Vinícius is interested in documenting the unusual aspects of everyday life that are often overlooked. “These details catch my attention, whether they are beautiful, sad or eccentric,” he says. Vinícius, who has spent nearly a decade in the Brazilian city of Natal, famous for its postcard scenery of sand dunes and pristine beaches, challenges himself to show other sides of the city. “Most people see Natal as paradise, and for a tourist, it definitely is. But living here is different, so it’s good to be able to show other perspectives, which are just as real, perhaps even more so.”

Hen Do’s and Don’t’s

Summary: You have just moved to start university and when moving into your apartment your hot neighbour helped, and he told you he was going to your university too. The only thing he didn’t mention was he was your Latin Professor.

Writer: @bradburydiary (sideblog to @charliesbackbitches )

Pond: @spnfanficpond

Warnings: blackmail, asshole Gabriel, lying to Sammy, 

[A/N: Get ready for angst… >:) Sammy isn’t going to be happy you lied - and sneaked off with Gabriel… 

tagging some awesome people

@aprofoundbondwithdean @mrswhozeewhatsis  @leviathanslovedick  @spnashley @desiringspnimagines  @abaddonwithyall  @bovaria @dreamsfromthebunker  @eyeofdionysus  @eyes-of-a-disney-princess  @ruby-loves-supernatural  @mysupernaturalfics   @hellsqveen  @kittenofdoomage @writingthingsisdifficult  @oriona75 @canoncanoff  @fictionalspades  @lovemydean-o-saur  @beholders-chroniclers  @but-deans-back-tho  @deansdirtylittlesecretsblog  @ohfora67impala @pada-ackles  @icecream-and-winchesters  

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Originally posted by bloodiedpalm

The rest of your week was a mixture of dread and Sam. He had come to your flat almost every night to relax and mark his essays. And every night you had ended up in a tangle of sheets and Sam, yet each morning your bed was empty once more with a small note next to fresh coffee. By the time Friday rolled around you headed to the library and opened your computer, an email sat waiting for you. When you opened it you froze, it was a reminder of the hen night tonight from Gabriel. And just to add his own twisted control over the night, there were rules.

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She still had a slight accent, and she did not like to speak in public, subjecting herself to her classmates’ ridicule.

Julia Alvarez

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: Daughter of Invention 1991

The only time I have ever been told I had an accent was when I came to Payton (a selective enrollment high school in Chicago). All my life I thought I spoke in a way that others could understand, but when I came to Payton and people would stopped me in the mid-sentence about my accent, I would get frustrated.

Like my abuela always said, Déjame vivir 

Si se pudiera romper y tirar el pasado como el borrador de una carta o de un libro. Pero ahí queda siempre, manchando la copia en limpio, y yo creo que eso es el verdadero futuro.
—  Julio Cortázar
The Wedding [Professor Winchester Part Nine]

Summary: You have just moved to start university and when moving into your apartment your hot neighbour helped, and he told you he was going to your university too. The only thing he didn’t mention was he was your Latin Professor.

Writer: @bradburydiary (Sideblog to @charliesbackbitches )

Pond: @spnfanficpond

Warnings: abuse, Gabe being a dick again, violence

Taggity: @aprofoundbondwithdean @mrswhozeewhatsis  @leviathanslovedick  @spnashley @desiringspnimagines  @abaddonwithyall  @bovaria @dreamsfromthebunker  @eyeofdionysus  @eyes-of-a-disney-princess  @ruby-loves-supernatural  @mysupernaturalfics   @hellsqveen  @kittenofdoomage @writingthingsisdifficult  @bkwrm523 @oriona75  @diaryofawimpywinchester  @lovemydean-o-saur  @beholders-chroniclers  @but-deans-back-tho  @deansdirtylittlesecretsblog  @ohfora67impala @pada-ackles  @icecream-and-winchesters @the-mrs-deanwinchester @mamapeterson  

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[Sam’s POV]

Without Y/N around he felt lonely and even though he got more work done something felt very wrong in the pit of his stomach. Then on Saturday morning he heard a knock on his door, he wasn’t expecting visitors so he opened the door to find an elderly couple smiling.

“Hi our daughter stays in the other apartment on this floor… do you by any chance know where she is? We were supposed to meet for lunch but she isn’t answering.” The woman asked looking a little nervous.

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justhereforthegifs  asked:

Do you know anything about magical realism? Like what to do/not to do took keep it from bordering fantasy, specefic genre features etc.?

Magical realism and fantasy are very different genres, While the first one assumes magic to be inserted in reality in a subtle way, the second one introduces magic and magical creatures into this world or a new one in a not very subtle way.

Literature is highly influenced by political, historical, social, and cultural context. The birth and the rise of magical realism also falls under the influence of the elementes mentioned above.

The term magical realism was first used in painting, then it was used in literature to refer a new tendencie among South American writers (Latin American writers). This new tendencie started around 1930′s and 1940′s but its boom was in the decades of the 60′s and the 70′s. Some schoolars say magical realism is the South American counterpart for European fantasy. The 60′s and 70′s were a time where regionalization, social movements, indigenism, and protest literature. A time where the public written word could be highly manipulated and reality was being distanced from the truth. 

In magical realism there are no explanations for magical, irrational, fantastics events, the narrator isn’t surprised about them and the writers expect the same from their readers. It’s influenced by surrealism, psychianalysis, dreams, originary people from South America with their culture, traditions, rites, and mythology. 

The limits between reality and magic are blurry. but the most important characteristic is fiction found in the most traditional scenes. Scenes that can happen in real life but with a subtle touch of magic, there’s no explanation for it, and no one tries to explain it either.

The usual theme for magical realism is self awareness from South American writers, they distance themselves, and their stories, from an European context. They search and build an identity for South American people, people from different backgrounds, history, stories, traditions and cultures. The setting can be a fictional place or a real place. This fictional place can be anywhere in South America, and it, as it was a living creature, helps to move the plot. Characters are often common people, there are no chosen ones, anyone can be affected by magic. And most important, if they see, produce, or fall under magic, they don’t try to explain it. Their reaction isn’t indifference but they give us a sense of being used to it.

Some authors are Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Laura Esquivel.

Some examples are (in order of the authors above), A Hundred Years of Solitude (best example of magical realism), Uqbar, Tlön, Orbis Tertius (a short story), Pedro Páramo, Eva Luna, Conversation in the Cathedral (some people say The Time of the Hero, The War of the End of the World, and The Feast of the Goat also fall into magical realism), and Like Water for Chocolate.

In the end, writing magical realism is adding magical touches into a realistic story and some people are indifferent to it, some give it symbolism, some believe it to be a sign, but there are no explanations and no magical creatures.


ps: Julio Cortázar is also mentioned for writing magical realism, the example given is Casa Tomada, but this guy deserves a genre on his own.

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Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American novelist, poet, and short story writer. Her books include The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, and Woman Hollering Creek. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Macarthur “Genius” Grant.

The first female Mexican-American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher, Cisneros has seen her books translated worldwide and The House on Mango Street remains required reading in middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country.

Mercedes Valdivieso (1924-1993) was a Chilean writer, best known for her 1961 novel La Brecha (‘The Breakthrough’), considered a landmark in Latin-American feminism. The book relates the story of a woman living in a socio-economic environment which forces her to submit, but who still manages to break free from constraints.

In 1991 another work of hers, Maldita yo entre las mujeres, helps launch the genre of the New Historical Novel.  She was also the founder of a feminist magazine called Breakthrough, released in the United States, and a men’s magazine called Adan in Chile, aimed at changing the macho mentality prevalent in society through humour and irony.