All of the noise being put around the U.S-Mexico border by American politics has made the border region lose its own identity. Families being separated at the border and border reinforcement laws being put in place have taken away the colorful sides of the region.
Hachette Audio, a part of Hachette Book group, announced a collaboration with independent record label Wax Audio Group. The partnership kicked off today with the release author David Foster Wallace’s speech This Is Water.
Wallace’s speech is available now in two different collector’s editions; one in “goldfish orange” and the other in a blue-and-white design inspired by water. The series kicked off partially to celebrate the late author’s birthday this month on the 21st of February, which would have been his 56th birthday.
Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, Tim Z. Hernandez is traveling the country for his latest book, All They Will Call You. It tells the story of 28 Mexican citizens killed in a plane crash in Los Gatos Canyon, as they were being deported and were never identified. The idea came to Hernandez in 2010, but took six years to finish with all the research.
“A writer is about finding beauty in words, not in self.”
Atop the Education Building on the 9th floor in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Texas at El Paso is Sasha Pimentel, the poet and professor.
In the corner of the living room and by the window there was a turntable and a record collection. Portraits hung on the wall along with a pair of old shoes, and a lemon squeezer in a frame. A radio station from Medellin, Colombia played on the radio, which broadcasts salsa for 24 hours. “We must have music playing in the house at all times,” said Daniel Ríos, Spanish teacher at UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) and a Colombian in Texas.
“I like this town because it’s edgy. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else. It’s itself. And there’s a lot of stuff to do here. I mean when people say there’s nothing to do in El Paso, I do want to say ‘what the fuck’s wrong with you?’ ‘Do you live in a hole?’ There’s lots of things to do here.”
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