Welcome to Fear City

Welcome to Fear City. A survival guide to the city of Mexico. The 8th annual Acme contemporary art expo sounded promising. (Back in February) Our friend N. who runs the show gave us the grand tour. With her usual bright smile and utter elegance. This leaflet was the first exhibit. “A: Well there’s three weapons.…

#ADayWithoutWomen, March 9, Mexico

“You’re a good Doctor, for a woman!” On March 9th, yesterday, women in Mexico went on “strike”, as a protest against the mounting violence against women in the country. Feminicides, rapes, home violence, abductions… The list is too long. And the numbers daunting. The date of March 9th, after International Women’s Day, was set about…

The last of the wild*

Coati, or coatimundi, in Les Mammifères by Louis Figuier. 1879. 140 years ago. One of the many old books that gather dust on my shelves. That one fell apart. Had to restore it completely, all the while thinking I could make a buck cutting off the engravings and selling them for 10 euros a piece…

Women of excellence

First woman to obtain a Baccalauréat (French Senior High School diploma): Julie Daubié (1824-1874). She obtained her Baccalauréat in 1861. She was also the first woman in France to earn a B.A. in Literature, in 1871, at a time La Sorbonne was not open to women. Catherine Brewer was the first American woman to earn…

Can we decide?

In various parts of the world, different governments have implemented a policy of participatory budgeting and citizen participation to improve living conditions in large cities. In Mexico City, the main cosmopolitan city of Latin America, the implementation of these two public policies has not led to an improvement or resolution of problems identified by those…

The strange death of Europe*

Champs-Elysées, Paris, Saturday March 16th. (c) Marie Magnin/Hans Lucas. I was born in the Far-East, raised in Africa (the South?), went to Grad school in the US (The West? The North?). I’ve lived in (South) America for 30 years this coming December. In my compass-mad life, I have always looked back at Western Europe (ironically…

A farewell to London. Brexit

Last Sunday, Theresa May(be) signed the Brexit agreement with the European Union. Regardless of what Parliament decides, it is time to bid farewell to London and our English friends. Above: the bridges will be closed to continental ships. At long last. “I see a red door and I want to paint it black…” Jagger and…