Archives for October 2013

FIL: Bibliophile Paradise

Imagine a 194,000 square-foot Amazon warehouse (= 3.37 American football fields) designed for public shopping. Friendly sales assistants gladly chat or suggest a book. Throw in a bunch of writers and academics giving talks in half a dozen halls. There’s plenty of food and drink available at reasonable prices. Entrance to the event, including the […] Read the full article…

Triqui-Style Basketball and Breast Cancer

In David and Goliath, released in October, Malcolm Gladwell relates the story of a Silicon Valley dad who coached his daughter’s underdog basketball team and turned them into winners by teaching them to play up-tempo, a fast style of ball that can compensate for lack of size and athletic ability. Gladwell’s example is a good one, but Coach Sergio Zúñiga and his shoeless up-tempo warriors of Río Venado, Oaxaca in southern Mexico have gotten even better results. Read the full article…

San Pedro de Pinta

Try to imagine Mexico in 1890. The country was only eighty years out from its 1810 declaration of independence. When the thirteen American colonies declared their independence, an eight-year war with the British followed. In Mexico’s case, the war with Spain lasted eleven years. In 1861, Napoleon III sent French troops to the port of […] Read the full article…

The Verticalization of San Pedro Garza García

In San Pedro Garza García, one of Mexico’s most affluent municipalities, verticalization is all the rage. Read the full article…