I realized while dodging Mexi Traffic the other day, that since twitter became my primary news source, I had kinda ceased posting articles on my blog. Actually, truth be told, I got two emails from readers saying that, and I remembered it lost in a traffic-weaving trance near g.Mancera and o.Mundial.
So, while a bit late, here are a few truly excellent articles from out of Mexico last week, that are not really time sensitive.
1. Limes and Crimes (Nacha Cattan, Christian Science Monitor)
Any casual reader of this blog knows my love of informal economies. This one talks on how cartel influence jacks prices of a classic Mexican staple: el limon.
2) Tamaulipas (NYT)
A few days after talking to a photog en el norte about how Tamaulipas is basically a no-go zone for journos, Elizabeth Malkin and Damien Cave wrote this sobering account of a region almost completely blacked out from media coverage, and virtually out of government's control.
3) Not Speaking to You (Jo Tuckman, Guardian)
The indigenous language Ayapaneco is dying. Two people still speak it. They aren't talking because they don't really like each other. (Amazing find.)
4) How Cartels Work (Guy Lawson, Rolling Stone)
Gotta admit, was a bit disappointed on lack of depth here, but still some solid general info on how outgunned everyone is at dealing with the drug trade.
5) Stephen King on Writing (James Parker, The Atlantic)
I'll be the first to admit that I am no Steven King fanatic. Read a few books, a few stories have stuck with me over the years, but he's not my number one. This article, however, is a great little insight on how one of the greats deals with the onerous creative process of writing, flipping ideas around to shake one out.
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