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About the Blog

Here’s the deal with the blog, The Solipsist. The solipsist is me. To save you some time, here is how Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines “solipsist” and “solipsism:”


Main Entry: so•lip•sism
Pronunciation: “sō-lǝp-‘si-zǝm, sä-
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin solus alone + ipse self
Date: 1874

a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also: extreme egocentrism
so•lip•sist \ noun
so•lip•sist•tic \ adjective
so•lip•sist•ti•cal•ly \ adverb

Dolores Hidalgo, 24 marzo 2012

You are now forewarned and forearmed. This blog is about nothing except me and is not for anyone except me. Nothing unusual about that in this genre. Having said that, however, I welcome visitors. In fact I love my visitors. I love all my visitors.

In 2007 and 2008 I stalled out up north in the Middle West. As a result of a series of untoward circumstances, all of which I brought upon myself. I became desperate. In early 2009 I quit what I was doing, gave away most of the worldly goods left to me, purchased a cheap camper trailer, and headed south in my pickup truck.

In late April and May 2009 I knocked around Texas, primarily Canyon Lake Park and Luckenbach in the Hill Country. Ultimately, I decided to go to Mexico. I was waiting out the flu panic, which as it turned out was overdone. I drove on down south to the border, camped in Mission, Texas, and staged up to cross the border. I drove across the border into Reynosa on June 3, 2009. I have been in Mexico since.

The Patio

I claim to know little about Mexico, but I am learning. I love it dearly. Coming here was the best decision that I have ever made. I am content.

Do not take anything written in this blog too seriously. Sometimes I am in a mood. Other times I contradict myself. And not to put too fine a point on it, occasionally, I lie. All I am trying to do is experience some interesting things, do a little reading, do a little thinking in my own feckless way, and get by.

Lastly, let me say this once again. At times here it may appear as if I am making unfavorable comparisons with the United States of America, that I am disparaging the United States of America. I wish to declare once and for all that I love the United States of America from the bottom of my heart and am acutely aware of how much I owe to the United States of America. It is just that loving the United State of America as deeply as I do is like being deeply in love with a beautiful woman who fucks around on you. Sometimes it is utterly embarrassing and humiliating. But to give her up is out of the question.

If I write something that appears to demean the Mexican people, there has obviously been a misunderstanding.

If I write something that appears to disparage humankind in general, them’s the breaks.

24 Responses to “About the Blog”

  1. Angela

    I have a particular fondness for Mexico and all things Frida Kahlo. 🙂 Your photographs are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing them.

    • Stephen Brassawe

      A comment! And what a kind one, Angela. I had the opportunity to visit the Blue House in Mexico City where Frida and Diego Rivera lived for years. That was a while back before I got serious about trying to improve the photos here. I do not remember whether any of those snapshots that I took there are any good. I will look. If any of them are presentable, I will put a couple up just for you.

      • Angela

        That would be awesome! I have never been to the Blue House, but hope to go some day. In a little beach town near here, someone has recreated the “Blue House” theme and I think of Frida every time I see it. 🙂 Thanks, Stephen.

  2. Eddie Two Hawks

    Can’t believe I read the whole page Stephen but loved it! Great decision and move…San Migual de Allende is a beautiful area. buena suerte!

    • StephenBrassawe

      I cannot believe that you read the whole page either, Eddie Two Hawks. Gracias. Buena suerte a usted tambien.

  3. Angeline M

    So glad Ms. Wanderlust Gene led me to your blog, you’ve got some great stuff here that I’m lusting after. I lived in Mexico on and off when I was younger (that would be a long time ago), and miss it terribly….plans in the making to step across the border again.

    • StephenBrassawe

      I am glad, too, Angeline. I make no bones about the fact that I love all my visitors. The sooner you get back the Mexico, the better.

  4. RigoHC

    I love love guanajuato! I’m lucky my mother is from gto so I’ve visited since childhood actually lived a couple years in a pueblo as a kid, it’s been too long since my last visit I’m seriously considering moving there next year

    • StephenBrassawe

      I find that so many of the Mexican people have a great fondness for Guanajuato no matter where they come from. It is a great city. I never tire of visiting.

  5. spixl

    Over a cup of morning coffee, I finally got around to wandering around your blog. Nice!

    • StephenBrassawe

      Coffee here to the north of you, too. I have been sitting with mine idly wondering if one can take coffee intravenously.

  6. Bridget

    It’s such fun to read your blog again. I followed you on Open Salon. I too have given up on them. I started a new blog on WordPress, but then took a left turn, called Novel in a year. It’s been a year and I have a the first draft of a novel and the re-write is going slowly so I thought I would hunt down your blog and read what you’ve been upto. Cheers-bb

    • StephenBrassawe

      Hi, Bridget. I am sorry to be slow to reply. I am away from Mexico for a bit to take care of some family business. I miss it so badly that I have been in no mood to maintain my own blog or read anyone else’s. I shall try to pull myself up by the bootstraps here.

    • StephenBrassawe

      Some of the best graffiti that I have ever encountered. Obviously, I was taken with it.

  7. dicklespot

    I’ve missed your blog posts! Did you ever make it back home to Mexico?


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