The Migration Issue
I once talked with an ecologist, Clinton Epps, who was studying how the wall being built at the U.S.–Mexico border might affect wildlife. A situation so hard for people was, not surprisingly, problematic for animals as well.
We live in a time when essays are often bullied into being articles, when the marketplace and the Internet, both ever-hungry for action, serve to cattle-prod the lounging essayist out of his or her natural ambling pace and into something closer to a march.
A writer researching the deaths of Mexican immigrants in the Arizona borderlands takes a detour with an old friend, braving the toxic cheeseburgers and a highway standoff.