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11-year-old Jeff Greenaway hears his mom and dad argue one night after an office Christmas party. He infers from their garbled squabble that he is an orphan, found in a willow basket on the welcome mat outside their New York apartment. Thinking now that his parents are imposters, he steals away to Grand Central Station and buys a train ticket to Drakesville, Vermont, where he intends to start life all over again.
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Mixed use suburban style: golf course housing “community” located right next to the county prison. This is among many images from Ron Pollard’s new photo survey of American landscape horrors, We Kill Everything. Enjoy the slide show which so strikingly depicts the sorry condition of our nation’s spirit as expressed on the terrain. This should help to illustrate my idea that the immersive ugliness of the USA is entropy made visible. Merry Christmas to all!

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

5 Responses to “December 2016” Subscribe

  1. RobH December 5, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    Jim, thanks for the smile. I thought it was a primary school or tennis courts at first (didn’t have the reading glasses on)

  2. jayrome December 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    Depressing. . . No sense of aesthetics.

  3. Greg Knepp December 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    Wonderful work! I was particularly moved by the photo of the old cyclist playing chess, the young man in the camo pants observing, and the woman lost in concentration. An unlikely gathering, perhaps attempting to steal some serenity from a world of squalor…poignant – damn near heart wrenching.

  4. jimofolym December 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    How the other half lives! Illustrated in color!

  5. WoozyCanary December 12, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Don’t see a place for suggestions for future EOTMs, so i’ll make a nomination here:

    inhabitat.com/apples-new-solar-powered-spaceship-office-is-nearly-complete/

    Apple’s new solar-powered spaceship office is nearly complete

    In a universe far, far away…

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