Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Jim Johnston's Mexico City

Yesterday, over a ginormous capuccino in the Fondo de Cultura Economica's fabulous new La Condessa Centro Cultural Bella Epoca cafe, I gave artist and long-time Mexico City-resident Jim Johnston a copy of my anthology, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, and in exchange, he gave me a copy of his Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler. Quite unlike any other guidebook to the megalopolis, Johnston's Mexico City is a very personal guided tour--- and by someone with not only a wealth of experience, but excellent taste. The chapters on Coyoacan and La Condessa, two of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, are especially well-done. Very highly recommended.