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The Work is What Matters

Alice Driver

Independent journalist based between Mexico City and Arkansas. Author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2015)


I try not to focus on my impact, I try to focus on the work. I think about the process of what I need to do, and my commitment to the people I’m working with. I need to know that it is good work before I send it out. I need to feel in my bones that it is good work. I’ve done work that I’ve believed is super important, but some people read it, some people don’t. I always hope that my work is well received, but I don’t think about the reception, I focus on the work itself. Do I believe I’m doing committed work?  Do the people I’m working with trust me and respect me? That’s what I focus on. The rest you have less control over.