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Violence Through a Desert Prism

By Keith Kloor
Apr 14, 2009 10:34 PMNov 20, 2019 5:34 AM


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Here's the understated yet majestic lede in this poignant essay by Laura Paskus in the current issue of High Country News:

On the outskirts of Albuquerque, the desert has surrendered the bones of 12 young women.

I'm a little uneasy with the larger theme of the piece, though, mainly because I think violence to women need not be compared--even for literary purposes--to a landscape torn up by gas drilling and real estate development. The brutality that scores of women experience everyday and everywhere in the world--and the shameful response in some cases--is a blight on humanity. The blight to our treasured landscapes may be heinous to some, but that is another moral realm altogether.

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