Liquid lunch


Photo by Everett McCourt

This man is reputed to have a price on his head in Ciudad Juárez. He is not one of the responsible parties for the repeated murders of young women in that border city. Instead, he had the temerity to write a book about them, in which he presents reasonably credible evidence that very important people in Mexican government and law enforcement are at least implicated in those crimes.

The book is called Huesos en el desierto (Bones in the Desert) and was released a few years ago by Anagrama, the prestigious Barcelona publisher. It has been translated into Italian and French, but unfortunately not into English.

The author, Sergio González Rodríguez, has also published novels, books of essays and writes a weekly column for the newspaper Reforma about restaurants and bars. Pictured here in a traditional Iberian eatery called the Casino Español, located in the centro histórico of Mexico City, it is perhaps churlish for me to point out that he is drinking a shot of tequila, which serves as the chaser for the nearly empty vodka-and-tonic at his side. Both libations are warm-ups for the bottle of red wine burning a hole in the tablecloth. Note that González Rodríguez staunchly ignores the tortilla española and the bread on the table. This is his idiosyncratic version of a hunger strike, which he threatens to continue until the Juárez murders are solved.

6 thoughts on “Liquid lunch

  1. Judy - April 2, 2008

    I was going to say, there are almost the entire contents of a minibar on top of that corner of the table. I’ll join that hunger strike. Salud!

  2. marta - April 18, 2008

    mmm, yo me fijé más en la tortilla de patata que en los líquidos.

  3. Everett - April 21, 2008

    This restaurant, Casino Espanol, in the historic center of Mexico City was one of my favorite establishments for its dramatic sunlit interior , clean and spacious table settings not to mention the superb service and eloquent company of my dining companions who were enhanced only by the fine tequila and wines being served over the course of many hours.

    -Everett, the photographer

  4. patcollyns - April 24, 2008

    Well done, David.

    I look forward to seeing the new book.



  5. ana manwaring - March 27, 2012

    Is that sangrita? Yummmm-sangrita with a tequila chaser is one of the reasons I love Mexico. Buen Provecho. (I’d be on that Spanish tortilla without hesitation.) I’ve added the book to my ever growing list of must reads.

    David, when will your books in Spanish be translated? I’m working on it, but I fear it will be years before I can competently read in Spanish!

  6. Steve Sando - March 27, 2012

    Thanks for another hot tip. I loved reading El Narco, a book I wouldn’t have known about save for your advice!

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