As part of my project (The MCM Project) to visit every station of the Mexico City Metro and document the surrounding areas with images and written impressions I recently visited the Roma neighbourhood. Roma has a rich history associated with Beat Generation literary figures such as William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. I set out to retrace some of their infamous haunts. Here’s an extract.
‘In 1949, it was a cheap place to live, with a large foreign colony, fabulous whorehouses and restaurants, cockfights and bullfights, and every conceivable diversion. A single man could live well there for two dollars a day.’
William Burroughs on the joys of living in Mexico City.
Ordinarily I pursue an MCM Project visit in a fashion that is largely arbitrary. Coronary fuelled strides will take me;
Every whichaway? (preferred)
Unsystematic, unmethodical, random, unplanned, undirected, casual, indiscriminate, nonspecific, haphazard, stray, erratic, by chance, accidental.
All those apply – if you like.
A whim and a prayer (mangled, I know), follow a hunch, indulge an inkling.
Today I made a partial exception.
The Roma neighbourhood, adjoining the station, is a former stomping ground of various essential (giving rise) members of the Beat Generation. Old haunts of William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, among others, punctuate the area.
Today I set out to pay heed to some of those places. The erraticism of a regular visit inevitably interflowed.
To read the full entry about this station visit click here.