Category Archives: Underground Heart

Home is Where Nature Is, by Jetara Johnson

  “Home is where the heart is “, is an old expression that is deeply explored in Ray Gonzalez’s book, “The Underground Heart”. In the book Gonzalez, discusses his experience returning home to El Paso, Texas for writing inspiration. In … Continue reading

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Investigating the Darkness in Gonzalez’ The Border is Open, by Victoria Maiden

“Home is where our individual memories are rooted and never disappear” (Gonzalez, 8) Although the home typically suggests this place of familiarity, investment, and overall sense of content, Gonzalez explores the darker side of “home” as he reflects on his … Continue reading

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Sex, Death, and the Reenactment of History, by Jordan Katcher

Within Ray Gonzalez’s The Underground Heart, his novel outlines the return from his twenty-year lapse from the American Southwest. By encountering various tours, museums, and gift shops under the guise of a tourist, Gonzalez manages to witness the implicit influences … Continue reading

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Barrio Bound: Biography and Homecoming in Baca’s Martín and Meditations on the South Valley, and Gonzalez’s The Underground Heart, by Matt Dischner

Jimmy Santiago Baca and Ray Gonzalez are both authors who spent significant time away from their home and roots who, upon returning, wrote of homecoming in one way or another.  Martin and Meditations on the South Valley and The Underground … Continue reading

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