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Catching Out

Catching Out

The Secret World of Day Laborers

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  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439157145 | 
  • February 2010
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THE PROJECT


I am sixty-three. For thirty years I was a carefree, adventuresome, and stubborn reporter. Seeing retirement on the horizon, I left journalism five years ago for an academic job that came with a defined-benefit retirement plan. But since Social Security and the retirement pension that I’ll receive won’t save me from want, two years ago, even before clouds appeared on the nation’s economic horizon, I began to look for ways to supplement my old-age income.

Working as a Walmart greeter is not for me. I am temperamentally and philosophically unfit for a role as Mr. Nice. But... see more

About the Author

Dick J. Reavis
Photograph © Nick Pironio

Dick J. Reavis

Dick J. Reavis is a former staff writer at Texas Monthly. He has written about motorcycle gangs, undocumented immigrants, guerrillas, convicts, coal miners, security guards, and bankers for publications as diverse as Soldier of Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. He is a professor in the English Department at North Carolina State University.

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