Once Upon a Time in Xalapa.

Once upon a time there was a Xalapan bar filled with red dragons. They cried, they whooped, as scrum-half Mike Phillips went to work and Wales made it into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. Those dragons were the National Poet…

Typically Welsh

There must have been other weird places to watch Wales’s hyper confident dismantling of Ireland in the rugby world cup finals but this, being a Hay festival had to come up with a contender for the weirdest.  Not for the…

Xalapan Haylights

I heard one audience member compare Harvard economist Niall Ferguson to watching a magician, and indeed he did do a lot of conjuring as he took us on a whistle stop tour of the world of finance, The Market, bonds,…

Who is the greatest?

Who is the grand master of American literature, the real champion?  That was the subject being thrashed out at the whitewashed former textile mill at Caso de Lago this morning by three writers who are no slouches themselves when it…

Xalapa fest kick starts

Ever found yourself at a loss for what to say at a party on the subject of graphic novels?  Well, here’s what you can pronounce, and do so with authority.  “Read ‘Habibi’ by Craig Thompson, it’s the Moby Dick of…