August 13

Swifter. Higher. Stronger. Over.

A photo, by artist Filiz Ero, that combines my two most recent obsessions: walls and the Summer Olympics.

In my new book, I write about people who’ve climbed over or tunneled under their walls. One man crossed a minefield before jumping over his wall. Another put on every shirt he could find so he could shed them as they snagged on the barbed wire. A boy got smuggled past his wall in a vegetable truck.

I never met any pole vaulters, though.