Bud Fields in his cotton patch. Hale County, Alabama. Walker Evans, 1935.

A Taste of the Old (New?) World

Emails from my ex-boyfriend rarely include any of his own words. Instead, he forwards messages that originate from another friend of ours without so much as a word of introduction. The communiques appear like unidentified birds—words, or images or rants against the right-wing—flying in from the high desert valley of Washington where our mutual friend…