When we think of America, and of her huge success, we never realize how many failures have gone, and still go to build up that success. It is not till you live in America, and go a little under the surface, that you begin to see how terrible and brutal is the mass of failure that nourishes the roots of the gigantic tree of dollars.
D. H. Lawrence introducing Edward Dahlberg’s Bottom Dogs (1929)
Houston St. Junk markets III by Samuel Herman (1933)