From the Stacks: Mexico in Your Own Car, 1935

An old Mexico travel brochure with ttitle "Mexico in your own Car" and picture of church with agave.

When I moved into the house my sainted parents built in the late 70s, I inherited their vast and dusty collection of Mexico books, magazines, maps, and pamphlets. Some of the collection consists of history and anthropology classics (not to mention an entire shelf devoted to various editions of The People’s Guide to Mexico), but lately I’ve ben leafing through the ephemera: deteriorating maps decorated with señoritas in sombreros, hefty Sanborn’s guides riddled with my Dad’s scrawling notes and dribbled […]

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"Footloose in Mexico"

Vintage topography map of Mexico.

  Speaking of “The Mexico Issue”, I just stumbled across an old Mexico issue of “The Saturday Review”. I particularly enjoyed this article, written in the days where Mexico City was a big place with a population of three million, Cuernavaca was a “small town,” cars were rare on the roads, and the average American reader had never eaten a tortilla. I wish I could have seen Mexico in 1951, but I do feel fortunate to have grown up amongst […]

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Magazine Review: Saveur's "Mexican Issue"

Just got my paws on a copy of “The Mexico Issue” from Saveur Magazine. Amazing! The focus on regional variations of authentic down-home cooking impressed me from the start, and the recipes look great. I particularly want to try this one for squash blossom soup. The photographs are gorgeous, and the editors possess a heartening attention to detail: the magazine doesn’t just skim the surface with recipes from New York chefs or peppy odes to, say, adding chipotle to your […]

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New Film on Colosio Conspiracy

As the LA Times reports, a new film on the 1994 murder of Luis Donaldo Colosio explores multiple conspiracy theories, all of which cast the PRI in a bad light. The article’s author, Ken Ellingwod, notes: “...the case has spawned a dizzying array of conspiracy theories and speculation over possible plotters, from cutthroat drug traffickers to members of Colosio’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico at the time. Some historians view the Colosio slaying as the blow that would propel […]

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¡Obamanos!

The Obama Administration has instituted a policy that will make a deportation waiver and two-year work permit available to certain undocumented Americans ages 16-30 who are in school, have a high school or equivalent diploma, or have served in the military.  According to the Christian Science Monitor as many as 800,000 undocumented teenagers and young adults, who are in reality more Estadounidense than Mexicano, might be spared the fate of struggling to get by in an unfamiliar language and culture […]

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Election News

Codo sent me a cool link with poll results for the upcoming Presidential Race. It looks like the PRI may be back in the saddle again. Frankly I’m more interested in the state elections this year, as the results in Jalisco may determine the fate of Tenacatita. (Rumor has it that if the rightwing PAN candidate Fernando Guzman becomes governor, he’ll do everything in his power to make sure that his cronies from Rodenas are able to turn our favorite […]

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Tenacatita Protesters Attacked

On May 21st, residents of El Rebalsito traveled six hours to Guadalajara by bus to protest the illegal occupation of Tenacatita. The protesters planned to peacefully march to the site where Televisa would be interviewing  Fernando Guzman, the conservative PAN party’s candidate for governor of Jalisco. During Guzman’s term as secretary of the government he consistently supported the Rodenas plan to build a private resort on the public beach and he turned a blind eye to the violent acts of […]

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