Sasha von Oldershausen

Sasha von Oldershausen is an Iranian American journalist writing about the Texas–Mexico border. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, the Paris Review, and Texas Monthly, among others.

March 19, 2019

A Points South essay from the Spring 2019 issue

Daleel is three years old, which is around eight human years. While we walk, he is distracted by any and all sources of food, which in this desert is a surprising amount; mesquite beans, prickly pear, ocotillo, and creosote—all barbed and injurious to a human touch, but the lining of Daleel’s lips is impervious.