About the Mex Files
¡COMO MEXICO NO HAY DOS!
Begun in Ciudad de México, the city that never takes a siesta, where masked transvestite wrestlers, and machete-wielding naked farmers are as much a part of the “Real Mexico” as any thing else in the Republic, the Mex Files looks at Mexican art, history, culture, politics, economics, news, some travel and the general weirdness that usually comes blowing in from the north.
What began as Richard’s e-mails from Cuernavaca, Mexico City and (for a few weeks) Monterrey back in 2001 eventually became too much to handle. The e-mail list kept exapanding, and one of the recipients — at the time, an out of work programmer in Melbourne, Australia — was playing around with “blogger” and set up a “quick n dirty” blog under “richtexmex.blogspot.com”. Richard started adding more political news, and — originally as a way to practice — translations.
It was more or less “hit or miss”, but with political changes in Mexico, there was a need for an English-language Mexican website that wasn’t a tourism site, or “my life in wherevertlan” . While Richard has edited and written for the alternative press for years, he didn’t have the time to really devote to the project, and the lack of editing showed (and still does). When he returned to the U.S., the need for serious news and commentatary became even more obvious. Living on the border, much of what he writes reflects concerns in that regioun.
Lyn_2 and a few others from time to time have added their thoughts, and the Mex Files sort of took on a life of its own. Lyn’s background includes work with immigrant laborers, including the migrant community in Colorado, and extensive travel in Mexico for many, many years.
Others too may start posting soon, and we try to have “guest bloggers” when we can. While one person could control a personal blog, “blogspot” is difficult to deal with when there are multiple users. So, starting in Novermber, 2006, we started migrating the Mex Files to this platform. Word Press should be easier to manage and to read (and — more importantly — it has editing functions to save our sanity. Much of the material is posted at the wee hours of the morning when typos have a way of looking right).