Processing an Earthquake from Afar, or Mexico City on My Mind

Amidst the slew of natural disasters this month, the earthquakes of the last several weeks in Mexico have hit closest to home for me. The great devastation of the September 19, 2017 earthquake in Mexico City literally destroyed apartments I formerly inhabited during various stints living in Mexico, not to mention the wreckage (psychological, physical, … More Processing an Earthquake from Afar, or Mexico City on My Mind

Rolex Arts Weekend Mexico City–Visual Arts and Film Program

This weekend I was lucky enough to snag tickets (and sneak into some of the private events for which I couldn’t buy tickets) to the Rolex Arts Initiative Weekend in Mexico City. The program invites “masters” in different arts to serve for a year as mentors for an artist on the brink of large-scale recognition … More Rolex Arts Weekend Mexico City–Visual Arts and Film Program

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