Sad Men

What Writers Can Learn from the Great Depression

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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)

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)

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There’s something wrong with  this world all right, but I can’t put  my  finger on it…Something must  be wrong when a fellow can’t get a  decent  wage, can’t tell when he’s  going to be fired, can’t look  forward to any  promise of happiness. Something is rotten somewhere.

Maxwell Bodenheim Slow Vision (1934)
Photograph: Employment agency, Sixth Avenue, New York, New York—by Arthur Rothstein (1937)

There’s something wrong with this world all right, but I can’t put my finger on it…Something must be wrong when a fellow can’t get a decent wage, can’t tell when he’s going to be fired, can’t look forward to any promise of happiness. Something is rotten somewhere.

Maxwell Bodenheim Slow Vision (1934)

Photograph: Employment agency, Sixth Avenue, New York, New York—by Arthur Rothstein (1937)

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