William T. Vollmann on Imperial
By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell

I caught up with him at the Mechanic's Institute Library to chat about Imperial, a sprawling, 1,300-page, ten-years-in-the-making account of the history, politics and human geography of the Imperial Valley which runs from Southern California into Mexico. From graffiti on the border wall to tunnels running under the border to small spits of American territory all but ceded to Mexico, Vollmann's reach is vast, his curiosity relentless and his desire to tell a story inspiring.

Aaron Britt


Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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