MANY NEW MEXICANS critiqued Oppenheimer for omitting the local impact of nuclear development. The filmmakers should’ve read the title essay from Jenn Shapland’s deeply felt collection, Thin Skin (Pantheon). In it, the Santa Fe resident sharply explores her personal environmental sensitivities as well as the documented “toxic off-spewings” of the Los Alamos National Lab that have poisoned local people, especially those of Indigenous tribes. Elsewhere in the book, she calls Santa Fe Style architecture “a lifestyle brand.” Thin Skin is an eye-opening examination of New Mexico and beyond from a transplant who loves living here, warts and all.

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