When we pulled up to East Jesus, nobody was around. It was hot, dusty, and desolate. A bicycle wheel spun lazily in the wind making a melancholy clicking. It felt like there wasn’t a single person on the whole flat plain of the desert.
East Jesus is a patch of desert with a bunch of sculptures on it. The patch of desert happens to be in the middle of Slab City, an informal settlement on the abandoned site of a US Marine Camp in Southeastern California. You get the sense that it the residents are folks who value their privacy, have a sense of humor, and often times carry weapons.
Getting to East Jesus is complicated but not difficult. You have to get to Imperial County first. I had never heard of Imperial before two years ago when I picked up William Vollmann’s book on the county.
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