Ben Reed is a lecturer in the English Department at Texas State University. His essay on literary dystopias and family separations at the Southwest border can be found online at The Millions, here.
Content by Ben Reed
An Inventory of Erasure: Limbo and Lucidity in “Lost Children Archive”
BY Ben Reed
Luiselli nor her narrator are archival amateurs. They are detached, sophisticated. They speak to us less out of love than out of duty. Luiselli the humanist is also a moralist; she refuses to get high on her own supply. She writes that her son’s frustration at choosing what to photograph as they drive “across this strange, beautiful, dark country, is simply a sign of how our ways of documenting the world have fallen short.”