Comments on: In Mexico and Spain, going native Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: babyalgebratoys Sat, 08 Oct 2011 00:10:44 +0000 The world need a greater black influence.

By: ghadden Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:53:34 +0000 Thank you Mr. Humphreys for your message. I’m not sure if I’m old school or not, but I do try to keep politics out of my observations, both in my radio work and in essays. I would invite you to visit my website to see more of my writing (under “in the news”) and to learn more about my new memoir from my years covering Latin America for NPR. Thanks again. All the best to you, gkh

By: BKASTELEIN Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:29:29 +0000 Very much so: When to wear your different hats, and how to keep remembering which one you are wearing, or that you are wearing one at all.
Also now in Europe, I find it easier to recover the Mexican mindset — which I need to do for my writing — when the skies are blue above … I need triggers, visual, auditory, climate (if only!), virtual community to go, or keep “native”. (And yes, I bet that is one of the reasons why foreign correspondents need to be rotated, they lose that slightly hysterical edge of culture-shock which makes “good copy” back at home, in the sense of “look at these weird people; they do it this way; fancy that!”)
And what about having our cake and eating it? I also have to be neither fish nor fowl and inhabit the limbo lands between my “magical” country – the one that is my muse — and the US or British (often quite different from each other too, as you underline when you introduce that there is a US and also a Spanish way of living, that are not the same at all) mindsets to remind me why what happens in Guerrero (normal to everyone there) is remarkable, and yet, is not completely mad, sick or inhuman. Do we exoticise the pathological, or pathologise the exotic?
The “cynical placement” that you mention seems key – wry self-awareness. Which I find, especially in hindsight (as close-up I tend to become too sucked in and believe everything I see and hear), Mexicans have by the bucket-load. Final reflection is the role of gallows humour in bonding and self-protection shouldn’t be underestimated, but I don’t find it easy to communicate this in a non-fictionalised form. I see from my notes that by 2006 I had become Guerrerense enough to joke with the locals that if I didn’t hurry the decapitated head would be the icon of the resort instead of the cliff divers, but how do I slip that into my book?

By: carlh1958 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:46:21 +0000 I enjoyed your story Gerry. And I do like your writing style. You seem to me to be from the ‘old school’ of journalists and reporters. I’ve only read this one article by you as I recall,but it is refreshing for a reporter to report.
I’ve become quite accustomed to media in any form,existing to promote agendas not simply to do their very best to report facts without bias.

Please keep up the good work and help to bring up a new generation of journalists with integrity.

Carl J. Humphreys Sr.
North-West Florida