Wednesday, June 05, 2002

Another part of the library haull is "One Man's Mexico," by John Lincoln. K. has been reading parts of it aloud. The chapter on his ingestion of psilocybin is featured on a site called flashbackbooks. Lincoln's account is one of the series published in England that contains one of my favorite personal accounts of travel and living in new places: "Life in Mexico during a Residence of Two years in that Country" Fanny Calderon de la Barca. The tone's so conversational that it's difficult to believe that this book was published in 1843. It's the reason that we'd like to check out Jalapa some day. Fanny's was among the books catalogued in the study, where I found among the travel books and accounts one given out free by somebody-or-other that's a Frommer's New York on $5 and $10 Dollars a Day! Needless to say, Tad's Steak House looms large. In this one room, the book count is approaching one thousand, but it's almost time to move on to the next room.


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