By Charles D., Jr. Thompson
"We have been attempting to switch the imaginative and prescient and the dialog approximately border fears."
Border Odyssey takes us on a force towards realizing the U.S./Mexico divide: all 1,969 miles—from Boca Chica to Tijuana—pressing on with the helpful fiction of a map.
"We had to visit where the place numerous blameless humans were kicked, stubborn, spit on, arrested, detained, trafficked, and killed. it is going to develop into transparent that the border, la frontera, was once extra multifaceted and profound than whatever shall we have invented approximately it from afar."
Along the adventure, 5 centuries of cultural heritage (indigenous, French, Spanish, Mexican, African American, colonist, and U.S.), wars, and laws spread. and during remark, dialog, and meditation, Border Odyssey scopes the tales of the folk and cities on either sides.
"Stories are the other of partitions: they call for liberate, retelling, displaying, connecting, every one picture chipping away at limitations. partitions are complete stops. yet tales are like commas, continually making attainable the subsequent clause."
Among the terrain traversed: partitions and extra partitions, unforeseen roadblocks and patrol officials; a golfing path (you might force a ball around the border); a Civil conflict battlefield (you might camp there); the southernmost plantation within the usa; a hand-drawn ferry, a road-runner tracked desolate tract, and a wide ranging nationwide park; barbed twine, bridges, and a trucking-trade thoroughfare; ghosts with weapons; obscured, unmarked, and unpaved roads; a Catholic priest and his canine, paintings, icons, and political cartoons; a sheriff and a chain-smoking mayor; a Tex-Mex eatery empty of consumers and a B&B shuttering its doorways; murder-laden newspaper headlines at breakfast; the kindness of the border-crossing underground; and too many aged, impoverished, ex-U.S. farmworkers, braceros, covered as much as have Thompson take their photograph.
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Santiago gave us beer and bottled water he had just purchased in town. Palmito Ranch had a well, but they were unsure about the water’s safety. An old windmill that once pumped groundwater still worked, and the tank still held hundreds of gallons, but we didn’t drink it. It is remarkable that any water could be pumped out of the ground at all with the river so precarious that some had taken to calling it the Rio Seco (dry). The dried brush covering the ranch was a sign of how little moisture was in the fields.
Isn’t it / Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. ” I had been completely wrong about the line. If you build a fence for anything other than cattle, Frost believed, you contain as much as you keep out. When I returned to the poem again in the context of our border travels several decades later, I realized that the “something there is,” complex even for Frost to put into words, was why I was going south. That “something” urged me on with the same heartfelt feeling that made Ronald Reagan’s memorable “Mr.
He said good morning and asked where we were headed. “To Brownsville,” we both replied. S. ” He stepped back to wave us on. But knowing no one was behind us, I decided to ask him a few questions about his work before driving off. His nametag said Johnson. He said he had come from the Midwest and hadn’t worked on the border long. He told us he rarely saw people trying to sneak across where they were located. S. side and head toward Brownsville, he said. Or maybe there could be a drug run down the river during the night.
Border Odyssey: Travels along the U.S./Mexico Divide by Charles D., Jr. Thompson