Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Mexico City Megalopolis

Mexican culture fascinates me. There is something that resulted from the mashing together of European culture with that of the many cultures of the native people of Central America that I find irresistible. The food is delicious, the people are so gracious, and the artifacts they produce tap into something deeply human. Of course, my perspective is that of a foreigner, a tourist, someone who watches comfortably from a distance. The real Mexico is vastly more complex, dynamic, and perplexing. The real Mexico is infinitely more interesting. Let David Lida be your guide as he leads you into one of the world’s great megalopolises, Mexico City. In his book, First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st. Century, the reader is treated to an intimate portrait of a place that is equal parts crushing reality and surreal dreamscape. Perhaps best of all, this is a work of non-fiction and Mexico City is an actual destination that can be experienced first hand. Fair warning however, this is a world as potentially addictive as coffee or chocolate. Be prepared to be transformed.

David Lida at BookPeople

Here are some related titles that the Austin Public Library has in its collection:

The Mexico City reader

Mexico City : a cultural and literary companion

Maexico : craonica en espiral

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