The Common Good

Jesse Nathan

Jesse Nathan is a writer and photographer from Berkeley, California, an associate editor at McSweeney’s, and a contributing editor for Geez. He and Walter Ratliff of the Associated Press are producing a documentary about the Great Trek and the 2007 re-trace journey, due out in October 2008.

Articles by Jesse Nathan

No, nothing,

she says, that is not God’s, and we approach
a crow ripping the entrails

of a truck-crushed fox, and the crow flees

In the 1880s, Russian Mennonites trekked to Uzbekistan, where they believed Jesus would inaugurate his kingdom. As modern-day researchers look for traces of this apocalyptic group, they find signs of coexistence with Muslims that are healing and hopeful.