South of the border still exists in popular imagination as a land of the extremes: the sun-drenched beaches and destination weddings, and the place of dire poverty and crime to escape from. The stories, poem, and essay below speak to the complicated history between Mexico and the United States, from the first clash at the Alamo and the ill-conceived American involvement in the Mexican Revolution to the present day.
What glory, what joy must war hold, to summon us so?
Presidente was not in a mood to see the American press.
Señor Fentin was determined to take them fishing.
A group of bandits had just scaled the wall.
The dream of revolution is built into Mexican thinking.