Murakami meets Mexican buses

Thanks to Elinor Comlay (@ElinorComlay), I learned about a very cool free e-book on the folkloric history of Mexican buses.  Here is the link and it is well worth checking out, just for the incredible photos, if nothing else.  The project is called Subale Hay Lugares, roughly translated as, Climb In, There are Places (we’ll see or go).

Here is the description of the project in Spanish.  It reminds me a lot of a Haruki Murakami novel, which is high praise:

La cultura que gira en torno al transporte público en México es muy amplia. Acercarse a la cultura estética de las diferentes rutas que surcan las calles de las ciudades mexicanas es adentrarse profundamente en la psique del mexicano. Todo es lo mismo, pero diferente. El lenguaje, por ejemplo, es definitivamente críptico. Aunque se utilicen las mismas palabras, los significados están trastocados. El mundo de los camiones y los peseros está aquí, convive con el nuestro, pero es otro.

It’s hard for me to translate it into English without losing a lot of the poetry.  Here are a couple of my favorite Murakami-like parts:

To explore the aesthetic culture of the different routes that cross the streets of Mexican cities is to delve deep into the Mexican psyche. Everything is the same, but different. Language, for example, is definitely cryptic. Although the same words are used, the meanings are disrupted. The world of trucks and buses is here, coexists with ours, but it is another.

Here are a couple great photos from the project:

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