December 11, 1994 |
As most readers know, good fiction is often like good conversation. Chismes. Bromas. Mentiras. Scuttlebutt. Jokes. Lies. When a little bit of art is applied--including full-bodied characters, intriguing and original dialogue, well-layered story lines, and whatever poetry one can possess--this can be dangerous on the dance floor. Dagoberto Gilb's novel "The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuna" is good talk throughout. It feels like a beer-joint seance. Like a coffee klatch.
November 12, 1995 |
Don't bother asking author Dagoberto Gilb to talk about himself, because he will--and he will regret it. He will regret it because he will tell you much more than he means to tell you, much more than he probably should tell you, much more than, in the end, you should know. This is a man who has packed a lifetime of hard living into 45 years. A man who has roamed from East Los Angeles to the western tip of Texas, yet who can truly call no single place home. A man who has known desperately hard times and broken more than a few laws.
February 12, 2001 |
There was a time when a reading by Dagoberto Gilb in Southern California would have drawn only a handful of people, and few others would have recognized his name, despite the fact that he grew up in Los Angeles and had published a book of short fiction based in the city. There was a time not long before the publication of his first book in 1993 when Gilb couldn't get a book publisher's attention, either.
February 18, 2008 |
In his varied career, Dagoberto Gilb has given voice to the marginalized and advocated for a more accurate and ample Chicano literary history. Currently a professor in the creative writing program at Texas State University, he is the editor of the weighty "Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature" (2006).
April 2, 2006
I want to thank you for your in-depth article describing how Taco Bell misrepresents the depth of Mexican cuisine and culture ("Taco Bell Nation," by Dagoberto Gilb, March 19). This essay has given me a theme for my cultural studies class. I plan to write how Pizza Hut misrepresents Italian cuisine as well as how hamburger fast-food restaurants have missed the complex nuances of high German cooking. Paul Meyers Los Angeles