Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 24

“Promised Land”

From The New Yorker “Culture Desk“: “Too often in politics, very complex subjects are being turned into sound bites, so it’s easy to take them apart,” says Christoph Niemann, this week’s cover artist. In “Promised Land,” he says, “I draw a parallel between current immigrants and early settlers—the hope is that it will provide context, […]

November 21

“The Great Wall of Montreal”

The current issue of Geist features my essay about the l’Acadie fence that stands between Montreal’s Parc-Extension neighborhood and the Town of Mount Royal. TMR erected the fence in 1960 to protect the Town’s children from traffic on  the newly extended Boulevard l’Acadie. But since the fence stood between wealthy TMR and the working class […]

Elephants versus Fences

I came across this video while rewriting my chapter on the border fence between India and Bangladesh. Add this to the growing list of unique ways the fences fail.

November 06

“It’s an industrially-produced medieval monster. However, I’m getting to know it.”

About a year ago I traveled to Arizona to write about the U.S.-Mexico border wall. There I met Glenn Weyant, a musician who ‘plays’ the border wall and makes strange and fantastic recordings of what the border sounds like. I played a ‘duet’ with Glenn in Nogales, Arizona and wrote about it here. I also […]