Building the Wall

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“April 4. There were taunts again today from the Mexicans on the other side of the wall. They keep making fun of our inexperience with manual labor. Most of us used to work in the arts, entertainment, or media in New York or Los Angeles, so we don’t really know how to use things like . . . tools.” Jesse Wann’s diary of a newly hired construction worker, drafted into service to erect President Trump’s wall, was published in The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs column. Chris Eigeman performs our adaptation.