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Robert de la Teja

Writer/Editor

Location icon United States

Writer and editor from New York via Boston via New Jersey mostly writing for a magazine in Portland

Portfolio

Commentary & Editorial

Eleven Magazine PDX
12/04/2012
Beer and Hugs: The Amanda Palmer Scandal Revisited

“That’s what I pay them for,” Palmer jokes, readjusting her Klaus Nomi corset. “Actually I don’t pay them. They do it all for the exposure … I pay them in sexual favors.”

Eleven Magazine PDX
11/01/2012
A Pirate's Life for Me

The biggest difference between the war on music piracy and movie piracy is the kind of group fighting it.

Eleven Magazine PDX
09/01/2013
Film School 101

If you're dead-set on Tinseltown, use this guide to determine if you have the basic capabilities to make it.

Theater & Dance

Dig Boston
04/27/2011
Bella Figura

One of the few dancers in rehearsals to bare his knees, Arrais’ joints—like those of the other dancers—show visible signs of wear.

Dig Boston
02/23/2011
Prometheus Bound

If—four years ago—you had proposed the idea of a musical written by Spring Awakening scribe Steven Sater and composed by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, people probably would have asked if you were high. Fortunately, someone’s pipe dream has become a reality.

Dig Boston
07/07/2011
Preview: PSY

The fast-growing Montreal-based troupe has been building a reputation as the anti-Cirque du Soleil.

Dig Boston
04/14/2011
The Book of Grace

a play so overwrought with messages and pretense that it masks any sort of core message and becomes surprisingly conventional—except for the whole incest thing.

DigBoston
02/02/2011
BODY AGAINST BODY

You may think that your slick house-music gyrations in the club constitute dancing, but how about you just admit here and now that your skill at following choreography is limited to the Charlie Brown Shuffle? If you're still not convinced, maybe the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will put you in your place.

Dig Boston
06/09/2011
Preview: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

It’s time to put on your fiercest makeup and get that wig out of storage, because the indestructible Hedwig is once again making her way to the Boston stage.

Film & Television

Eleven Magazine PDX
08/01/2013
Before Midnight

The triad's continued success this late in their careers is a testament to the talent they bring to each new project together.

Dig Boston
01/20/2011
Blue Valentine

While the sex of Blue Valentine may seem like inconsequential controversy used to drum up attention for the movie, the story wouldn’t make sense without it.

Eleven Magazine PDX
10/01/2013
The Modern State of Horror

As video-on-demand services grow in revenue, more people are catching the first run of horror movies from the comfort of their homes.

Eleven Magazine PDX
09/01/2012
NC-17: The Allure of the Lurid

In the past year, two films to be stamped with the rating pushed the boundaries of taste and decency: Killer Joe and A Serbian Film.

Eleven Magazine PDX
11/01/2013
TV Takeover

Television is no longer a platform for actors whose careers in film have begun to fade, it's a place for them to showcase their prime work—and to brandish their commitment to their roles by bringing them back after long breaks out of character.

Dig Boston
08/17/2011
Flim Fest

Despite these ghetto-ass origins, audiences haven’t been deterred.

Dig Boston
02/18/2011
I Am Number Four

If you’re looking for something a little more intellectual, try watching two hours of television static.

Dig Boston
01/14/2011
Archer

Most importantly, just like American Dad, Archer is actually funnier than its predecessor (hate away, Family Guy lovers. I don’t like you, either).

Boston's Weekly Dig
07/07/2010
It Came From Kuchar

You’ve never seen a film by the Kuchar brothers. It’s not your fault—their films are the epitome of "underground."

Music

DigBoston
03/16/2011
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH?

To say [...] Don't Say We Didn't Warn You, is a case of the sophomore slump would be unfair.

Boston's Weekly Dig
6/15/2010
Camden - Vale

Camden's hypnotic music takes over your ears and flies by like a soft breeze. Their tracks are polished like sandstone.

Boston's Weekly Dig
08/17/2010
Marissa Nadler - Covers

Nadler is a siren. She is hypnotic, and once you get drawn in, there’s no turning back.

Uncocktail

Uncocktail
06/03/2015
Cocktailology 2: The Martini

For most drinkers, the first martini is the last, but there is a fraternity of martini lovers keeping the prohibition era’s favorite cocktail alive.

Uncocktail
06/16/2015
Cocktailology 4: The Margarita

Nobody knows the exact origin of the margarita, and few cocktails contain as many genesis theories. New Orleans has been proposed. As have Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston and every city in Mexico. Mythology seems to dictate that the libation was invented for a female stage performer.

Uncocktail
06/10/2015
Cocktailology 3: The Daiquiri

Rum is your friend, and rum's best friend is hands-down the daiquiri. For many drinkers, the word "daiquiri" conjures images of the frozen, 2-for-1, neon-colored concoctions Aunt Bernice downed like mini Slurpees during TGI Friday's happy hour. "To bring the men closer and keep the sad away," she would say, haphazardly adjusting her underwire.