The Skids And How To Hit Them

once your pride now your trash

by Leonard Pierce

George Orwell was right about a great number of things, and he was right about them in an extremely eloquent and insightful way.  Never was he righter, and never more insightful, than in Chapter III of Down and Out in Paris and London, where he describes the stroke of bad luck that reduced him from working for a subsistence wage to actual poverty.  Though times and circumstances have changed, the essential existential qualities of poverty have not, and Orwell pins down everything about the experience — the fear, the boredom, the secrecy and falsehood, the despair and desperation, and, yes, even the liberation of being poor — with a timeless precision.

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