Paul Theroux Walks Into Mexico

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  02.27.12 | 12:01 PM ET

Nogales, to be specific.

In a lifetime of crossing borders I find this pitiless fence the oddest frontier I have ever seen—more formal than the Berlin Wall, more brutal than the Great Wall of China, yet in its way just as much an example of the same folie de grandeur. Built just six months ago, this towering, seemingly endless row of vertical steel beams is so amazing in its conceit you either want to see more of it, or else run in the opposite direction—just the sort of conflicting emotions many people feel when confronted with a peculiar piece of art.

Theroux has written more about Africa, Asia and Europe than he has Mexico, so it’s nice to see his take on someplace closer to home. His story appeared in Sunday’s New York Times.

2 Comments for Paul Theroux Walks Into Mexico

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Nicholas Martin 04.19.12 | 4:57 PM ET

Wow, that is a well written excerpt. I grew up close to the border and it wasn’t really dangerous when I was young. It’s sad and disheartening to know that things are most likely not going to get better for a long time.

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