Literary wetback

Given how much raw material there is on the streets of Mexico City, and how many novelists make it their home, it is surprising how few of them use the place as content, backdrop or subtext to their narratives. One possible reason is that most of the city’s authors are from privileged backgrounds and of […]

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Fashion, etc.

Are these boots made for walking, or what? When I saw the sweater with the legend “morally bankrupt,” for some reason I thought of an ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately, they weren’t selling the garment in her size. Although these photos were taken in a small town in the northern state of Durango, the sweater with the English-language […]

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Hot ice

  The first table-dance bars opened in Mexico City in the early 1990s, a year or two before the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In the intervening fifteen years, they have become a commonplace in the city. The most expensive feature curvy blondes from Eastern Europe (a common wet dream for the […]

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Art attack

At the end of last month, to coincide with FEMACO, the annual Mexico City contemporary art fair, the owners of the Hotel Hábita in the fashionable Polanco district hired 20 graffiti writers to cover the façade of the building with their work. As they were painting, police tried to intervene and stop them. This is […]

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Cantinflas ER

In the guise of a quick-witted scrapper from Mexico City’s starving class, a comic actor named Mario Moreno, known as Cantinflas, enjoyed great success throughout the Spanish-speaking world from the 1930s through the 1960s. Although Charlie Chaplin once called him “the greatest comedian in the world,” his films were practically unknown apart from Latin America […]

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