Highly Recommended Listening: Luis Alberto Urrea on OnBeing Podcast


What Borders Are Really About, and What We Do With Them


The wonderful writer Luis Alberto Urrea says that a deep truth of our time is that “we miss each other.” We have this drive to erect barriers between ourselves and yet this makes us a little crazy. He is singularly wise about the deep meaning and the problem of borders. The Mexican-American border, as he likes to say, ran straight through his parents’ Mexican-American marriage and divorce. His works of fiction and non-fiction confuse every dehumanizing caricature of Mexicans — and of U.S. border guards. The possibility of our time, as he lives and witnesses with his writing, is to evolve the old melting pot to the 21st-century richness of “us” — with all the mess and necessary humor required.

Urrea will be giving a free reading THIS THURSDAY at 7:00 p.m. at the Wheeler Theater as part of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.  Join us!

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