Día de los Muertos : Photos & Octavio Paz’s Insight

In honor of Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico City, I reread Octavio Paz’s classic El laberinto de soledad. Below, I include excerpts from the chapter “Day of the Dead” in the English volume of the text. From Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude (1961), “Chapter Three: Day of the Dead”: On fiestas, more generally:  “We are a ritual … More Día de los Muertos : Photos & Octavio Paz’s Insight

Central Americans Are Still Fleeing & the U.S. is Pushing them Back at Two Borders: How Will Dem Presidential Hopefuls Respond?

Ever since last summer and fall when the U.S. media heavily covered the massive waves of children trying to escape threatening conditions in Central America, I’ve been keeping my eye on the responses of politicians. Last week at the first Democratic Party presidential debate, candidates unanimously agreed that substantial immigration reform is necessary. The most popular candidates, … More Central Americans Are Still Fleeing & the U.S. is Pushing them Back at Two Borders: How Will Dem Presidential Hopefuls Respond?

Noveno Desfile de Alebrijes Monumentales, October 17, 2015

Organized by el Museo de Arte Popular, this massive parade every October showcases over 200 monumental alebrijes, or massive, phantasmagorical sculptures in vibrant color palettes.  The oversized alebrijes featured in the parade are composed of a variety of materials, but many pay homage to Mexican folk artisans by employing cartonería, a traditional handcraft technique similar to papier-mâché (smaller-scale, … More Noveno Desfile de Alebrijes Monumentales, October 17, 2015

Books about Mexico

Los Clásicos *Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (1947). Written by an English author, this novel centers on the deterioration of a British consul during his service in a small town in Mexico. Much of the plot happens during Day of the Dead celebrations. El laberinto de soledad by Octavio Paz (1950). The collection of essays centers on … More Books about Mexico