November Read: On the Plain of Snakes

This week’s read: On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux. In his mid-seventies, the noted travel writer drives the entire length of the US–Mexico border, then goes deep into the interior, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s politicized headlines. Along the way he speaks to locals, re-discovering one of the truths of travel: “In his own words, Don Germán provided me with a portrait of himself as a whole man, recounting his struggles and achievements. It was a reminder that in its essence, travel is less about landscapes than about people—not power brokers but pedestrians, in the long march of Everyman.” Read more about or purchase at Amazon.

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