I must have missed the New York Times obituary for poet and journalist John Ross who died of the Big C in mid January. Of course, its possible he didn’t fit the news that the Times prints as he was a life long, unrepentant rebel and outspoken warrior for social justice. His last book El Monstruo Dread and Redemption in Mexico City (Nation Books)was a wonderful paean to Mexico City, his home, off and on, for these last many years.
Carl Bromley his editor at Nation Books offered “Of all his books, I think El Monstruo, his last, was my favorite of his, an extraordinary, phantasmagoric personal history of Mexico City, told over the last 5 million years. I rate him with [Eduardo] Galeano.” High praise, indeed.
John Ross lived a good life— to paraphrase Peter Seeger— he did good.