In this dazzling multidisciplinary tour of Mexico City, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo focuses on the period from 1880 to 1940, the decisive decades that shaped the city into what it is today. Through a kaleidoscope of expository forms, "I Speak of the City" connects the realms of literature, architecture, music, popular language, art, and public health to investigate the city in a variety of contexts: as a living history textbook, as an expression of the state, as a modernist capital, as a laboratory, and even as language. Tenorio-Trillo's formal imagination allows the reader to revel in the free-flowing richness of his narratives, opening startling new vistas onto the urban experience. From art to city planning, from epidemiology to poetry, this book challenges the conventional wisdom about both Mexico City and the turn-of-the-century world to which it belonged. And by engaging directly with the rise of modernism and the cultural experiences of such personalities as Hart Crane, Mina Loy, and Diego Rivera, "I Speak of the City" will find an enthusiastic audience across the disciplines.
""I Speak of the City" is a work of remarkable erudition and interpretation of the modernity and cosmopolitanism of Mexico City. It is a work of rich implication for our thinking about the nature of modernity and of world cities in general. Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo is a unique and exciting guide to layered history and cultural connections of one of the world's great cities."
--Thomas Bender "New York University "