WHAT HAPPENS WHEN a town mandates that its residents own guns? That's been the law in Nucla, Colorado since 2013.
In late June, The Guardian US's Lois Beckett joined Topic contributor and photographer Cole Barash for a trip to a place with a little over 700 people and lots of opinions about what constitutes a utopia. (This was actually Barash’s second trip.) For the feature story, go here. The following is a photo essay of this strange and compelling place, with a rich history of big dreams.
Each issue of Topic begins with a Cold Open, a video introducing that month’s theme. For July, we present the beautiful, powerful “Mouseland.” The two-and-a-half minute film, shot by director Fantavious Fritz between Detroit and New Orleans a few weeks before the 2016 election, is set to audio of the allegory “Mouseland,” recorded in 1960.…