notes from oaxaca

Subtexts in the Narco News

Making sense of this week’s narco news: Zetas capture could signal a shift in the drug war.

Miguel’s Story

Miguel says he was imprisoned for several years in Mexico for a crime he didn’t commit.

The Knife-Sharpener’s Song

Sounds of Oaxaca: the potato steamer’s whistle, the gas truck, and the knife sharpener’s song.



Since March I’ve lived in Xochimilco, Oaxaca – home to weavers, aqueducts, and stray dogs.

The Gargoyles of Mexico City

Doomed as they are to be condemned as blight, they should be captured now in as much detail as possible, so that the Mexico City of the future will know the ruins of its past.