Beyond Mexico’s drug wars, a deep culture thrives

The violence is real, but it’s not the whole story

News about Mexico (including Maclean’s coverage) these days tends to focus on nothing but drug wars. Naturally, that annoys a lot of Mexicans, sort of the way Canadians feel when Europeans mention on stories they’ve read about the seal hunt. This story from the Chronicle of Higher Education offers a counterbalancing picture. Reported from Mexico’s remarkable Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, the world’s leading fair for Spanish books, it portrays Mexicans as deeply cultured. That doesn’t mean the violence isn’t real, just that it isn’t everything.

The Chronicle Review

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