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Fall 2009

Fall 2009

The War on Drugs

Volume 85, Number 4

• J. Malcom Garcia rides with a crime scene photographer in Juárez
• Simon Apter follows a drug mule trying to go straight
• Natasha Trethewey & Joshua Cogan on Gulfport, Mississippi
• Paul Reyes on a movement to reclaim foreclosed houses in Miami
• Installment #6 of “Jordan W. Lint” by Chris Ware
• Poetry by Bruce Bond, CJ Evans, and Thorpe Moeckel
 
 

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The Mule

The first run, from Tampa to McAllen to Greensboro, was a bit of a lark. Maria was living in Tampa, and she was bored. So when a friend, someone she knew to be a Mexican drug cartel–affiliated smuggler, appeared at her door with a business proposition, she leapt at the opportunity. He said to her and her friend, “You girls want to make about $5,000 for driving for us for a few hours?”

Editor’s Desk

Reporting

Essays

Game Over

Fiction

Poetry

Just a Girl

Women of Troy

Prodigal I

Criticism

A Call to Arms

Witness

Tower

Watcher

Believer

Kin

Exegesis

Multimedia

Author Profiles

Natasha Trethewey, a VQR contributing editor, is the author of four poetry collections and a book of creative nonfiction.

Simon Maxwell Apter is the online editor at Lapham’s Quarterly. He is a regular reviewer for NPR’s Books We Like department, and his commentary and criticism have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Nation, th