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The Mexico City Reader
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    Mexico City is one of Latin America’s cultural capitals, and one of the most vibrant urban spaces in the world. The Mexico City Reader is an anthology of "Cronicas"—short, hybrid texts that are part literary essay, part urban reportage—about life in the capital. This is not the "City of Palaces" of yesteryear, but the vibrant, chaotic, anarchic urban space of the1980s and 1990s—the city of garbage mafias, necrophiliac artists, and kitschy millionaires.
    Like the visitor wandering through the city streets, the reader will be constantly surprised by the visions encountered in this mosaic of writings—a textual space brimming with life and crowded with flâneurs, flirtatious students, Indian dancers,
food vendors, fortune tellers, political activists, and peasant protesters.
    The essays included in this anthology were written by a panoply of writers, from well-known authors like Carlos Monsiváis and Jorge Ibagüengoitia to younger figures like Fabrizio Mejía Madrid and Juieta García González, all of whom are experienced practitioners of the city. The texts collected in this anthology are among the most striking examples of this concomitant "theory and practice" of Mexico City, that most delirious of megalopolises.


“[An] exciting literary journey . . .”—Carolyn Malloy, Multicultural Review

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Permissions
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction: Delirious Mexico City
  2. pp. 3-32
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  1. 1 Mexico City on Paper
  2. p. 31
  1. Mexico, City of Paper
  2. pp. 33-52
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  1. 2 Places
  2. p. 53
  1. Insurgentes
  2. pp. 55-77
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  1. Zona Rosa, 1965
  2. pp. 78-85
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  1. San Rafael
  2. pp. 86-92
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  1. Coyoacán I
  2. pp. 93-95
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  1. Coyoacán II
  2. pp. 96-98
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  1. División del Norte
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. Plaza Satélite
  2. pp. 104-107
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  1. Las Lomas I
  2. pp. 108-113
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  1. Las Lomas II
  2. pp. 114-120
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  1. 3 The Metro
  2. p. 121
  1. The Metro
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. Voyage to the Center of the City
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. Metro Insurgentes
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. The Metro: A Voyage to the End of the Squeeze
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. 4 Monuments
  2. p. 147
  1. Monuments
  2. pp. 149-151
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  1. La Diana
  2. pp. 152-162
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  1. 5 Eating and Drinking
  2. p. 163
  1. The Chinese Café
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Armando’s Tortas
  2. pp. 169-171
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  1. Vips in the Early Morning
  2. pp. 172-174
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  1. Nightlife
  2. pp. 175-192
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  1. 6 Urban Renewal/Urban Disasters
  2. p. 193
  1. Call the Doctor
  2. pp. 195-197
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  1. Tacubaya, 1978
  2. pp. 198-201
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  1. Avenida Álvaro Obregón, 1979
  2. pp. 202-205
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  1. San Juan de Letrán
  2. pp. 206-209
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  1. Ambulantes
  2. pp. 210-221
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  1. Cuauhtémoc
  2. pp. 222-226
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  1. “Who’s There?”
  2. pp. 227-229
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  1. Klaxons and the Man
  2. pp. 230-234
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  1. 7 The Earthquake
  2. p. 235
  1. The Earthquake
  2. pp. 237-246
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  1. 8 Maids
  2. p. 247
  1. Maids I
  2. pp. 249-250
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  1. Maids II
  2. pp. 251-255
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  1. Chapultepec and the Maids
  2. pp. 256-260
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  1. 9 Corruption and Bureaucracy
  2. p. 261
  1. Trimmins for the Comanche
  2. pp. 263-265
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  1. In the Same Boat
  2. pp. 266-269
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  1. The University
  2. pp. 270-288
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  1. 10 The Margins
  2. p. 289
  1. Garbage
  2. pp. 291-308
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  1. SEMEFO
  2. pp. 309-326
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 331-336
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  1. Index of Mexico City Streets
  2. pp. 337-340
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 341-346
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