Rich Man, Poor Man: Tales of Two Americas Agenda Recommended Image

When: Sat., April 29 2017

For her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed, author and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich worked several minimum-wage jobs. In the process she documented the precarious lives of the millions of Americans who are mired in poverty—particularly in a time when "the poor have disappeared from the culture at large, from its political rhetoric and intellectual endeavors." More than a decade later, freelance journalist Sarah Smarsh arrived at a sadly similar conclusion in "Poor Teeth," her incisive 2013 essay about the ever-growing class divide in America as seen through the lens of dental care (or lack thereof) and the "psychological hell" many people experience for "having poor teeth in a rich, capitalist country." Continue reading >>

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