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Ima flame-throw Twitter today with book and music recommendations from Latin America.

Shooting for 1,230 by 12:00 am.

Let's see who's a real one.
The Labyrinth of Solitude - Octavio Paz.

Way flowery/purple for my barbaric tastes/reading comprehension, but if you read this book, you'll understand aspects of Mexican culture that would otherwise seem mystifying. Must-read if you plan on spending a lot of time in Mexico.
How To Travel Without Seeing - Andrés Neuman.

Again, a bit "artistic" for my tastes, but this man can write. And he's remarkably perceptive. In this book, he tours and compares a bunch of Latin American countries. It will provide you with a unique perspective on LATAM nations.
Forgotten Continent - Michael Reid

I'm still chipping away at this one. It's excellent. A must-read if you aspire to better-understand the political and economic landscape of Latin America.
El Evangelio de la Carne (Peruvian film 🎬).

Peru isn't exactly known for making good movies.

But, this is a good movie.

Shows you a side of Lima you wouldn't see as a tourist (I hope!).

Like "Amores Perros" but for Lima, Peru instead of Mexico City, Mexico.
La Hora Cero (A Venezuelan film)

A gangster-ass film outta Venezuela.

Just look at the poster. Hard af.

Gives you a look at the mean streets of Caracas without you having to risk your nuts by travelling there.
Me Acuerdo - Vico C.

If you enjoy reggaeton (who doesn't?), you have this man to thank. He's one of the fathers.

Pay respect to an OG.
Sin Senos no hay Paraiso (Colombian telenovela).

A SEXY lil' telenovela based on a gal from Pereira trying to escape her life of poverty.

Watch this, study this, and you will be able to make sense of the mentality that drives the motives of (some) Colombian girls.
Anything by Ozuna.

This man is prolific and spits fuego🔥.

You'll enjoy these beats even if you can't understand what the f*ck he's saying.
Where was we?...

4 Seasons in Havana (TV series)

Beautifully, beautifully shot and acted. I don't know of how else you can better get stuck-in to the vibe, magic, streets and sights of Havana without physically travelling there.
Back!

I had to...return some video tapes🙄...

I'll hit you with three books by Louis de Bernieres

The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord
The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman.

A Latin American trilogy not to be missed!
I'll admit it: I don't read many books by women.

Does that make me sexist? Who knows, probably. These days...

Anyway, Delirio by Laura Restrepo I did read, and I loved it.

A depiction of Colombian society during the mid-1980s, when the country was going through tough times...
I DO NOT CONDONE NARCOCORRIDOS NOR THE LIFESTYLES THEY ENCOURAGE AND GLORIFY.

That being said...

🔥🔥🔥
Down and Delirious in Mexico City - Daniel Hernandez

Your down and dirty guide to the crazy crazy capital.

"El Monstruo."

La Ciudad de México.
City of God (Brazilian film)

Enter the infamous slums of Rio de Janeiro. 1960s-1980s.

"If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay, the beast eats you."

This is one of the best films I've ever had the pleasure of viewing.
Speaking of Brazilian films...

Watch Elite Squad.

There will be some things you'll regret in life.

Watching this film will not be one of those things.
7 Boxes (Paraguayan film)

A quirky, fun little movie from often-overlooked Paraguay.

Watch it for some street shots of its capital as well as to boast to all your friends that you're cultured and hip enough to know of a film from obscure Paraguay 🤓.
La Negra Tiene Tumbao - Celia Cruz

From the "Queen of Salsa" AKA "La Guarachera de Cuba" AKA "The Queen of Latin Music"

Ms. Celia Cruz is in a league of her own.
Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir - Sonora Dinamita

Because...you just have to if you want to get down with Latin America.

I f*uck hard with Cumbia.
...and Bachata

..............................and Merengue

................................................................and honestly a dizzying amount of other genres but I'm just going to post this song cause it's got a special sort of beauty to it.

The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentine film).

A masterpiece - one of the finest pieces of cinema I've seen.
El Infierno (Mexican Film)

Dark comedy that shows the absurdity and tragedy of drug violence in Mexico.

Must-watch if you’re interested in the drug war in Mexico.
La Soga (Dominican Film)

A cop goes rogue and is out for revenge. A look into the gritty, gangster side of the Dominican Republic.
Couldn't sleep last night.

So smashed a few capítulos of "El Dandy."

Addicting like crack.

It's "Donnie Brasco", only with a criminal gang in Mexico City.
Did you watch the last season of "Narcos?"

The most gripping part of it was the Jorge Salcedo narrative - the man who brought down the Cali Cartel from the inside.

"En La Boca del Lobo" dives deeper into that story. It's a little-known series, but one of the best I've seen.
🎵Hay algo que quiero decir
Esto no me puede estar pasando a mí
La chica que quería para mí
Es traicionera, es traicionera, y
Pásame la botella
Voy a beber en nombre de ella🎵

This is my go-to "beta" song from Latin America.

Catchy as a muthafucka.
I'll leave it there...for now😉.

Now, to wait for @madcryptox to conjure up his magical shitposting powers to take this thread to the next level 🧙‍♂️
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