Saturday, September 21, 2013

Breaking Bad & Beyond: Off the Beaten Track in New Mexico

“Breaking Bad” is arguably the first TV show of any quality to embrace the Albuquerque-ness of Albuquerque, cutting through the Southwest chic stereotype to find our gritty realness.
~Joline Gutierrez Krueger, "Albuquerque's grit makes 'Breaking Bad' shine"

As many of you know, Breaking Bad, the show that has come to be synonymous for "Albuquerque" for so many, draws to its series finale later this month (spinoffs notwithstanding). Like the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, "[t]he topic of the show is not our favorite thing", and like Mayor Berry, we are "confident that viewers have no difficulty distinguishing fiction from reality", but we cannot deny the impact this show has had on television and in our town!

As long-time Albuquerque residents, we do feel that Albuquerque has a "gritty realness" that is not found in our picturesque neighbor to the north, Santa Fe, for so long the face of New Mexico and perhaps its biggest draw. Breaking Bad has made our gritty realness an attraction rather than something detrimental.  For that, we bring you not just a Breaking Bad reading list, but we would also like to showcase some of the other facets of Albuquerque and of New Mexico that might be a little offbeat, but which we think help make our local culture shine.

If you like Breaking Bad...

Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West by Rubén Martínez

Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya

A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko

Breaking Bad and Philosophy edited by David R. Koepsell and Robert Arp [eBook]

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution - From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin

Albuquerque: Breaking Bad by Richard Joseph

A Career Guide to Your Job in Hell edited by Robert E. Vardeman and Scott S. Phillips

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff

Local Culture

The Wild West Never Died: True Crime Tales of 20th Century New Mexico by Jack Kutz

New Mexico Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Sam Lowe

Forgotten Albuquerque by Ty Bannerman

Albuquerque Trivia by Arthur and Cynthia Romero

La Llorona = The Weeping Woman: An Hispanic  Legend Told in Spanish and English by Joe Hayes

Indigenous Albuquerque by Myla Vicenti Carpio

Tasting New Mexico: Recipes Celebrating One Hundred Years of Distinctive Home Cooking by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison

Alternative Lifestyles in New Mexico

Anarchy and Community in the New American West: Madrid, New Mexico, 1970-2000 by Kathryn Hovey

A Breaking Bad (and Beyond) Reading List

Breaking Bad's chemistry cooks up tourism in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Breaking Bad: Popular Television Show Brings Tourist Attention to Albuquerque

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