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The Great Divider

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pseudo-investigative journalism piece about the US-Mexico border. He rides with Minutemen for a bit. Not as crisp as the Mother Jones piece but there are some good moments

Saunders, G. (2010). The Great Divider. In Saunders, G. The Brain-Dead Megaphone: Essays. Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 127-168

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And what will you do if we let you go? I ask him in my mind. Will you try to get in here again? Next time, you could be looking at five years.

He hesitates, averts his eyes.

Seriously? I say. My God, is it worth it? Are things really that bad where you live?

And he just looks at me, as if to say: Would I keep trying if it didn't make sense to keep trying, if the possible reward didn't justify possibly getting caught? Do I look stupid?

He doesn't look stupid. He looks handsome and sad and ashamed.

But mostly what he looks is: busted.

Busted, and waiting to pay the price.

about a Mexican guy who gets caught crossing the border

this is one of the best moments in the essay (maybe the entire book)

—p.130 by George Saunders 1 year, 7 months ago

And what will you do if we let you go? I ask him in my mind. Will you try to get in here again? Next time, you could be looking at five years.

He hesitates, averts his eyes.

Seriously? I say. My God, is it worth it? Are things really that bad where you live?

And he just looks at me, as if to say: Would I keep trying if it didn't make sense to keep trying, if the possible reward didn't justify possibly getting caught? Do I look stupid?

He doesn't look stupid. He looks handsome and sad and ashamed.

But mostly what he looks is: busted.

Busted, and waiting to pay the price.

about a Mexican guy who gets caught crossing the border

this is one of the best moments in the essay (maybe the entire book)

—p.130 by George Saunders 1 year, 7 months ago