THE AMERICAS: Poets, President and Mexico

In the Grillon, Mexico City's ultra-posh nightclub, 300 poets and writers of every political stripe gathered to meet Manuel Avila Camacho over absinthe cocktails, lobster a la Newburg and a succulent melee of chicken, turkey and duck washed down with rare wines. Mexico's querulous intellectuals were being reconciled; the bile of the inkpot was being washed away in the blood of the vine. At the same time they were making the acquaintance, firsthand, of the President who, succeeding to the far-Left regime of Lazaro Cardenas, had led Mexico back to the middle...

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