Three texts straddle the line between essay and poetry as they examine the ways in which humanity builds civilizations—and tears them apart. “The Wall” presents a protocol of interactions along the Berlin Wall in the late 1960s. “The City” zooms out to examine the city as social unit. “The World” is dedicated to the myths that humanity creates to come to terms with itself. In their sweeping scope, the pieces illustrate Weinberger’s characteristic sincerity and intelligence.