Several Ways to Die in Mexico City by Kurt Hollander
An Autobiography of Death in Mexico City

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Several Ways to Die in Mexico City is written by a born urban explorer, and we can only thank Kurt Hollander for leading us through a city in which many would not have the heart, lungs, stomach, or street smarts to survive.
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In the '80s, when author/photographer Kurt Hollander lived in New York and published The Portable Lower East, life there was particularly rough, and cops often drove yellow cabs as a method to surprise and roust its residents. Before the decade ended, Hollander moved to the equally rough climes of Mexico City, making his living writing and photographing for The Guardian, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

Hollander's visual and textual extravaganza, Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, provides a perspective of this extraordinary city that could only have been caught by an observant outsider who lived in all its nooks and crannies for over two decades.

Crammed with caustic but fair observations of the city's history, food, cults, drugs, and buildings, Hollander proves that he can love a city and culture that also kills its inhabitants softly.

While living high in Mexico City, Kurt Hollander edited poliester, the renowned bilingual art magazine about the Americas. He also directed the feature film Carambola, and wrote a successful series of children's books. Grove Press published the Portable Lower East Side anthology in 1994.


 

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Originally from NYC, Hollander has lived in Mexico City for the last 20 years. Editor of magazines: The Portable Lower East Side (1983-1993) and Poliester (1992-2000). Author of various works of fiction, translator, writer, director and producerof the feature film Carambola (2005). He currently writes for the London Guardian Weekly and the New York Times travel section.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Feral House. 300 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Darren Richard Carlaw on Oct 09 2012

Several Ways to Die in Mexico City is written by a born urban explorer, and we can only thank Kurt Hollander for leading us through a city in which many would not have the heart, lungs, stomach, or street smarts to survive.

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