Post-Rubén Talk

I just went to see Rubén Martínez give a talk on the American West. It was, de alguna manera, what I want to do. Or am doing. To take a place and know it, to go deep into and learn about it, to interview and talk to people. To see where they are at and what they are doing.

His methodology impressed me. To spend time with people, with the individuals who will form the base of your story, to get to know them and their specificity. To ask them questions, to locate them and to have a stake in their speaking. To make their specificity scream.

To know your history is to know your own specificity.

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