We’ve long admired Daniel’s blog, Intersections, for it’s cultural intelligence and it’s Mexican adventure. As a Mexico City-based journalist for the Los Angeles Times Latin American, news blog, La Plaza, Daniel reports the colorful and controversial in politics and human-interest stories to an American audience. His memoir, Down And Delirious in Mexico City is a memoir investigating the idiosyncrasies of underground cultures from emos and goths to New Age revelers. He’s passionate and driven, working in creative collaborations with other writers, artists, and galleries between Mexico and California. His writing is a cultural thermometer for all that is percolating in the great metropolis. This year he is working on his second book. Follow his fervor.
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
Parents Place of Birth: Tijuana and Ensenada, Baja California
Occupation/ Aspiration: Journalist
Describe a typical day:
I wake up, have breakfast at home or on the street, head over to the office in Polanco or write from home; lunch at a mercado or tacos de guisado; more work; nap; then drinks or dinner with friends at night; then write late night.
Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
I live in the Centro in D.F. because it’s just crazy, sensory overload. The frenetic pace inspires and challenges me.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I went to University of California, Berkeley and I majored in English.
What is your drink of choice?
My favorite mezcal es un espadin con chocolate.
Who is your favorite thinker?
Name your favorite book.
I can’t do that, but I did just finish a great book called How to Make Love to a Negro by Dany LaFerriere, a Haitian journalist in 1980s Montreal.
Name a Mexican you admire.
La India Maria because she’s super resourceful.
What do you think has helped influence the rising popularity of Mexico as a country?
Good films, good art, good food, Roberto Bolaño.
What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York?
It’s historic and natural considering the polar role that both cities play in their respective countries. I like how it’s being re-invigorated now with new working class migrants and also creative class migrants like us.
What vision do you have to develop this movement further?
The DREAM Act, visa reform, and immigration rights for bi-national same-sex marriages.