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The Echo hosts 'Down and Delirious' book party

Writer Daniel Hernandez and Slake threw a rollicking book party at the rock club The Echo on Thursday night. DJs? Yep. Bands in crazy outfits? Yep. Typical for an LA book event? Not exactly.

The book is Hernandez's "Down and Delirious in Mexico City," an intimate tour of the city's underground cultures. Thursday night's performers included two DJs, the bands Sister Mantos and Crazy Band and, of course, Hernandez, who read from his book. He read about the difference he felt in Mexico -- becoming aware of his California-ness, and of sensing other Americans -- and of the city's freewheeling nightlife.

Portions of "Down and Delirious in Mexico City" appear in Slake, the new Los Angeles literary magazine, which has just released its second issue.

Hernandez is in the U.S. talking about his new book; when he's in Mexico City, he writes for The Times.

-- Caorlyn Kellogg

Photo: Daniel Hernandez in Los Angeles' Chinatown on Feb. 14. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times

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