Welcome to Confrijoles.com:
I created this Web site to explore the world of online publishing, but I also wanted this to be a space to share my ideas with the world. Ideas that challenge the dominant mode of thinking in order to examine a wide range of topics without the constraints of any particular ideology.
So who am I? As you may have guessed from the name, this Web site is oriented around my identity as a Mexican American, Chicano, Tejano, and lover of beans. My name is Jaime Rafael Puente, and I am a recent graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. (That is the most reductive way of describing the education I received/earned because I pursued a more interdisciplinary course of study that included a substantial amount of philosophy and history.) While ConFrijoles is built and primarily operated by myself, I hope to gain the help of like-minded individuals looking to get some informal publishing experience in the near future.
Many people claim to be above identity politics, scholarship, or self-definition. I, however, have come to understand identity as one of the most important factors in the structuring of human experience. Therefore, I choose to embrace how it influences my worldview. Philosophy, history, and literature will all be heavy presences in the articles I post here because the society we live in is built on very specific meanings and definitions of culture. Having the capacity to think in an interdisciplinary way is critical to unraveling those meanings and definitions. In other words, commenting and parsing the schizophrenia of current events requires the ability to complicate the simple and simplify the complicated. This will be our mission at Confrijoles.
You will find posts, stories, and links to stories organized in five (5) categories:
There will be, of course, items that do not fit neatly into one of these categories, but we will adapt as we grow. One of the avenues of growth
Most of all, ConFrijoles will strive to provide a unique perspective of current events that is based on sound reasoning and documented evidence. While I strive for journalistic, academic, and overall excellence, that does not mean that there will be no opinions expressed here. Many of the items posted will have a definite frame of understanding some may call bias. I hope that the integrity of the writers here (who will not be anonymous), will speak to the integrity of the entire Web site.