I Like Mexico City, but I Don’t Like It

A Mexican journalist was murdered. It wasn’t the end of the story, but it was part of one. So was his murder, but not the story he was trying to tell. The journalist, Sergio…

I Like Mexico City, but I Don't Like It

A Mexican journalist was murdered. It wasn’t the end of the story, but it was part of one. So was his murder, but not the story he was trying to tell. The journalist, Sergio Salinas, was murdered not so much to silence him, but to protect the story he was trying to tell. Salinas was, like all journalists in Mexico, an outsider. He wrote on subjects he felt passionate about, from politics to culture, from history to current affairs, from business to the daily lives of everyday citizens. Not to mention, he was also Mexican. The journalist was killed under the pretext of saving the story he was working on. He was murdered, or the story was, but his murder was not his story.

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Thursday, November 19, 2011

After a trip to Mexico City yesterday, I went to a library in the western part of the city. One of the librarians was from the British Council that had founded the library in the first place. They had just moved down from Mexico City and were still adjusting to the cold, so I said “hi” to her. She replied back, “How do you do, good to see you. You like Mexico City, eh?” Of course, the city I knew didn’t like me so this was a pleasant surprise. I like the city, so I answered a bit truthfully. The truth is I don’t really like Mexico City, but the British Council librarian did. I was the only foreigner there, so she told me a little about the British Council in Mexico City. For example, the British Council in Mexico City is in charge of translating into English the work of Mexican writers, and to do this they employ a number of professional translators, mainly from Britain.

I asked the librarian if the British Council ever did work for a German literary scholar, Dr. Stefan Pohle, who was a professor in Mexico City when I visited years ago. I was told yes, but the work she did for him, was not literary but historical, the historian and literary critic Dr. Pohle was studying the history of Mexico City, the birth

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