On September 12, Thompson
honored our students and staff with his
was summarizing his
brought the book to life.
began to read from the second part of his
Having the man behind the book read from it brings a different atmosphere to his
own words to an audience of students who have read the same book not too long ago.
began to go in further detail about the struggles of the lives of those who lived like he
did for months at a time.
was able to give up on this lifestyle any moment he
Even though exposing these experiences to the world was quite the motivation, it wasn't as great as the mothers and fathers who knew the moment they gave up, their lives would spiral down.
Before this project, Thompson
didn't necessarily understand the other side.
trips to Mexico to visit his
fellow lettuce cutters, talks with the men in DSI and IQF, and having a sociopath as a boss, he
realized how dedicated these migrant workers really were.
awe striking reading and compelling speech was over, he
took questions from his
readers in the audience.
After overcoming their mild case of stage fright, questions began to ring in the auditorium.
hitting a variety of points throughout his
speech, many types of questions were asked by Central students.
One question Thompson was asked was where he
He answered that he attended the School of Johnson Center.
was also asked if he
could rename the book, what would he
After some thought, he
replied that he
liked the main title, but not so much the subtitle.
idea, which he
couldn't remember at the time, was changed during editing.
went on about editing and how an author's work is often changed in the process.
It may be for the better, but it sometimes takes away of the author's point.
title was changed, Thompson
didn't think it impacted his
work as negatively as he
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