In America, There’s No Such Thing as Pure Water
If anyone knows how to create a narrative in response to ecological misfortune, it’s the bottled-water industry.
Except for the flood years, I never gave our most fundamental human need much thought.
When you’re constantly on shaky ground, it’s easy to confuse a label for stability.
KATIY HEATH is an essayist from Saint Joseph, Missouri. Her obsessions include women who bathe, women who work, and women who witness. She currently is writing a memoir about her experience moderating focus groups for skincare companies. Read more from her at CHEAP POP, Pigeon Pages, and XRAY Lit.
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