• El Pantera, the Mexican TV series I consulted on last spring, is airing in repeats now on Galavision, every Wednesday at 8e/7c. As I’ve said before, it’s total eye candy — bullets are fired, tight clothing is worn. I love it dearly. You barely even need to be able to speak Spanish for large stretches. Whee!
• Mexico City was one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever spent time. You need to watch you step a bit, but it’s worth it. If you get the chance, go. And if you’d like an introduction to the city, David Lida’s First Stop in the New World is superlative. It’s also a great gift for anyone you know with wanderlust.
• But do watch your step south of the border. In Saltillo, one of the world’s leading experts on not getting kidnapped, who was in town to teach people how not to get kidnapped… just got kidnapped.
• That noted, keep in mind that 99.99% of people in Mexico are quite noticeably not being kidnapped. Really. Walk around. It’s true. You can easily go and have a wonderful time. Just don’t do anything too over the top — like, apparently, teach people how not to get kidnapped — and you’ll probably be fine.
• And going offers you a chance to enjoy some truly beautiful and fascinating culture — speaking of which, my buddy Alfredo Juan Felix-Diaz Gonzalez (or “Freddy,” which is a lot easier), one of the writers I worked with at Televisa, was one of three Mexicans who just swept los Premios Adonáis, a major poetry award in Spain.
Entonces, ¡felicidades a Freddy! Mi español no es tan excelente que entiendo todos los matices, pero es un obra hermoso, y estoy orgulloso de te llamar mi amigo.