Down and Delirious In Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century
Perhaps the most fascinating insights are those of the “urban tribes” that control the youth subculture of Mexico. They govern the backstreets of the city, responsible for the balance of social stratification. While in Mexico, Hernandez witnesses a riot against the “emo” tribe. Like a seasoned anthropologist, he delves deep into the workings of these bandas to find a source for the attacks. “Emos are new,” he finds, “and anything new is a potential threat to…the equilibrium of the sub cultural landscape in Mexico.” Hernandez discovers the hidden yet indelible contradictions that retain Mexico, deciphering them for an American culture that might not immediately understand.
In every which way, Mexico City exists as a place that cannot be understood unless experienced. Hernandez writes with such ease that one comes very close to living not just vicariously through his text, but being turned inside out as well. “Backwards when it should be forward, upside down when it wishes to be right side up,” he writes, “It is a city in perpetual delirium.” There’s not an app to for that.