Among the many observers of Mexican culture today, Carlos Monsiváis reigns supreme. A prolific writer in the tradition of Mexico City chronicler Salvador Novo, he came of age during the Latin American literary boom of the 1960s and 1970s. Beginning with his landmark book on the 1968 student movement, Días de guardar (1970), he has since authored four essential works on twentieth-century Mexico and coauthored or edited several other volumes, while churning out what seems like a nearly countless number of essays, articles, and newspaper columns.

Along with his colleague Elena Poniatowska, Monsiváis pioneered a new postmodern literary genre—the crónica—built upon the foundations of writers such as Bernal Díaz. This genre incorporates a variety of popular cultural strategies and subjects while simultaneously drawing upon the influential power of electronic media to reflect Mexico’s turbulent contemporary times and give voice to civil society’s...

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