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A touch, eye-opening window into what it means to fall from cushy middle-class status into poverty. Highly, highly recommended.
Here it is, free:iasc-culture/THR/THR_aI can only assume that he was living in mildly expensive HUD housing in New York City or somewhere near. The numbers he gives for his annual income would be more than adequate for a single man in a realistic apartment, barring medical costs of course.What's so strange is that this man had spent many years living in eastern Europe, yet the numbers he quotes for dental work, etc. seem to be U.S. dental costs. Perhaps his view of overseas medicine was blackene [...]
An important essay that left me wanting more. Anyone entering middle age should read this--I wish I'd read it a few years ago. McPherson's voice parses out pride and humility in a balance that I envy--to a point. He's sharing the view of a hard side of life, and only wants to make his point long enough so that I've learned it well, and then he and I can go on about our business. With a little luck, my business won't have so much time taken up with queues and paperwork, and the wearying thoughts [...]