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Fall 2010

Fall 2010

The Price of Paperless

Volume 86, Number 4

  • Matthew Power on the lithium mines of Bolivia
  • Delphine Schrank on an open-pit tin mine in the Congo
  • Louie Palu on the hard rock mines of Canada
  • J. Malcolm Garcia on the effects of lead mining in Kosovo
  • Nathaniel Miller on the Berkeley Pit in Montana
  • Fiction by Jennifer Haigh and Samanta Schweblin
  • Poetry by Amy Beeder, Patrick Phillips, and Qin Xiaoyu
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Fall 2010, The Price of Paperless

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Here Everything is Poison

Cold winds carry lead-filled dust from a nearby slagheap, a hundred million tonnes of toxic tailings, and scatter it on clothes hanging from laundry lines, on open buckets of drinking water, on the dirt children play in, and on the feral dogs running down alleys in this former French army barracks housing about 250 displaced Roma men, women, and children.

Editor’s Desk


Digging Out

Tin Fever


The Digger




Author Profiles

Jennifer Haigh’s novel Mrs. Kimble (William Morrow, 2003) won the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction. Her second novel, Baker Towers, was published by Morrow in 2005.

J. Malcolm Garcia is a regular contributor to VQR and the author of The Kharagee: A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul.