Down and Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in by Daniel Hernandez

By Daniel Hernandez

MEXICO urban, with a few 20 million population, is the most important urban within the Western Hemisphere. huge, immense development, raging crime, and tumultuous politics have additionally made it some of the most feared and misunderstood. but long ago decade, the town has develop into a scorching spot for overseas company, style, and artwork, and a magnet for thrill-seeking expats from world wide.

In 2002, Daniel Hernandez traveled to Mexico urban, trying to find his cultural roots. He encountered a urban either chaotic and intoxicating, either underdeveloped and hypermodern. In 2007, after quitting a role, he moved again. With shiny, intimate storytelling, Hernandez visits slums populated via ex-punks; glittering, drug-fueled model events; and pseudo-native rituals catering to new-age Mexicans. he is taking readers into the area of adlescent subcultures, in a urban the place punk and emo stand for an entire manner of life--and occasionally bring about rumbles at the streets.

Surrounded by means of volcanoes, earthquake-prone, and shrouded in smog, town that Hernandez lovingly chronicles is a spot of fabulous manifestations of chance, wish, humor, and wonder, a surreal panorama of "cosmic violence."

For those that care approximately some of the most electrifying towns on the earth, "Down & Delirious in Mexico urban is crucial reading" -- David Lida, writer of First cease within the New World

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Arriving there, the vessel will come to anchor at the island of San Juan de Ulúa, which is almost covered by its ancient fort. The traveler will ¤nd himself about a mile and a quarter from shore, the extensive rocky shallows intervening to prevent a nearer approach to the mainland by steamship. He may go ashore at once in one of the many small watercraft which will swarm around his steamer; or, the weather being rough or any other cause existing, he may remain on board until time arrives to go ashore for the outgoing train bound for the Capital.

In the State of San Luis Potosí, Charcas, Venado, and Montezuma follow. They are all thriving little towns of about the same size at present, with a population of from four to eight thousand. San Luis Potosí comes next and is the most important city on this line between Laredo and the City of Mexico. 4 My object for the present has been only to lay before the reader, as distinctly as I could, the different paths by which he 4. Because of her death before completing this work, Townsend does not in this volume return to discuss these places in detail.

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