Going to Mazatlán for Spring Break? If you’re looking for something not-so-light to read while lounging on the beach, you might consider Moral Compromises in Mazatlán: Public Life in Urban Mexico. It provides an academic analysis of life in Mazatlán based on years of ethnographic research there (ending around 2000). While many things have changed since I finished my anthropological investigations, many of the basic patterns I found remain unchanged. Search the text for “parachuteros,” and you’ll learn something interesting about those guys working the beach.