Author Archives: Ben

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Book #2: ripping panties in Belize

In 1934, fresh from the success of Brave New World, Aldous Huxley wrote a travel book, now out-of-print.  Belize – then called British Honduras – didn’t exactly get a glowing review: “If the world has any ends, British Honduras would certainly be one of them. It is not on the way from anywhere to anywhere […]

Book #1: Drinking muddy water in Mexico

  “¡Fidel Castro no era un hombre malo! ¡Fidel Castro no era un hombre malo!” Martín repeats this a few more times, pointing his fork at Carlos, who is staring at his food.  The other construction workers chew quietly, either polite or bored.  Mosquitos hum about us in the heat. Martín continues, now at full […]

Mexico: A Reading Traveller’s Guide

  You will not struggle to find Mexican literature in English translation. A rich literary heritage and an international outlook mean that the best Mexican authors are already well known in English (as are some of the worst).  If you’re in Mexico, your reading options will probably be limited to a couple of the most […]