“We lose 1,000 barns a year in Iowa. No one needs them. They are expensive to maintain. The farm economy is depressed, so these buildings are left to rot and collapse. It’s a sad thing. Imagine a generation of children grown up with nostalgic memories of their grandfather’s pole building. Not even that. The family farm is dead. Did you know? E.B. Whites writes “Charlotte’s Web” today and it takes place in a hog confinement. Imagine Wilbur living in a concentration camp for pigs. Read that story to your grand-kids, Sam. Put them to bed with that at night.”—J. Harley McIlrath writing as Dr. William H. Lortan in “Memo: From the Director of the Center for Prairie Studies” from his book Possum Trot. I’m reading the book for a piece I’m writing, and I love it.