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By Michael Katakis

A visceral and eviscerating lament for the united states, the rustic Katakis enjoyed yet can now not undergo to stay in.

Once upon a time, Michael Katakis lived in a spot of huge goals, brilliant colors and sleight of hand. That position used to be America.

One evening, traveling the place those that reside inside of illusions should not cross, he stared into the darkness and glimpsed a pale flag the place shadows amassed, revealing one other the United States. It was once a damaged position, bred from worry and mistrust - 1000 shards of glass - full of a those who in the past had given away all that used to be invaluable; a those who were bought, for thus lengthy, a overseas betrayal that at last got here from inside of, and for not anything greater than a handful of silver.

These essays, letters and magazine entries have been written as a farewell to the rustic Michael loves nonetheless, and to the spouse he knew as his 'True North'. a strong and private polemic, 1000 Shards of Glass is Michael's entice his fellow voters to alter their direction; a cautionary story to these worldwide who idealise an the US that by no means used to be; and, crucially, a glimpse past the parable, to a rustic whose most sensible days might nonetheless lie forward.

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But more of Edna later. It became colder and murkier as the day wore on, but I felt glad to be wandering from St. Marys. The horror of the town and of my life there crept over me. The factory whistles every morning, calling men to labour, had always grated on my nerves like files on glass. I saw the many men hurrying to work, carrying battered dinner buckets. I saw girls, with run-down heels and calico dresses going to the woollen mill to work, I thought of my life during all the months-working for three dollars a week and paying two dol- 22 BEGGARS OF LIFE lars of that for board.

The door was opened, and a man in grease-stained overalls INITIATION 27 entered with two buckets in which to shovel sand. "Run outta sandf " asked a hobo. "Yeah, " answered the man in overalls, who looked neither to right nor to left. "Them engines sure use the sand nights like this," said another hobo. "Well, they gotta," spoke up the man in the yellow collar. " ,,Well, we '11 let 'em," said another tramp. The man departed with the sand and soon the engine was heard puffing and straining down the track.

What's a matter, Bloke t " he asked. "I'm a-l-l in," was the weak reply. INITIATION 35 The words travelled over the room, and brought several men from their beds. "Bring me the glim," commanded the tramp I had aroused. A vagrant lifted it from the bracket on the wall, and handed it to him. "Hold this glim, Kid," he told me. The light streamed over clots of blood on the soiled sheets of the bed. Two men lifted the form of the moaning vagabond, while two other rovers brought pillows and placed them behind him.

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