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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment. See more »

 Guatemala Parte 3.2 - Casa Sano y Salvo

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 Strife and Sacrifice in Guatemala; or, Heading Out

So it's extremely difficult to visit Guatemala and not feel the creeping sense that one has led a comparatively entitled life. Being an American I can count on one hand the number of times I've arisen at three in the morning to make flour tortillas by hand. Then sold the tortillas door to door. Then headed off to work for the rest of the day in the fields, reaping sugar cane with a machete or picking coffee beans from plants growing on steep mountainsides or plowing unreasonably rocky soil with a hoe. Then bagged whatever harvest had been gotten and carted the bags into town in a bus alongside pigs and chickens, if I didn't ride on the top -- which I could if I had been born Guatemalan -- to sell the produce at a market and return home again that night on a similar bus and go to sleep only to do it once more the following morning. And so on, ad infinitum. See more »

 Meeting My Patron Saint in Guatemala

It was standing up in the back of a pick up truck, holding onto an A frame, that I was carried to meet my patron saint. Maxiomon, a synchronized saint of Mayan ancestry and Catholic dogma. At Lake Atitlan, in central Guatemala, we were given the choice between shopping for handicrafts and being carted off to a where an arcane precolumbian saint of vice was being ritualized. I chose the saint. See more »