Another Sort of Life

Another Sort of Life

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Spurred by boredom and maybe a touch of mid-life crisis, a political science professor quits the security of academic life and with just the cash in his pocket, a worn-out station wagon and a cargo of books hits the road in search of something a€“ different. economy and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. His new colleagues include nea€™er-do-wells, zanies, bohemians, underachievers, and people temporarily or permanently a€œdown on their luck.a€ He joins the a€œnew poora€ a€“ an unprecedented class of downwardly mobile people for whom university degrees, diligence, and doing a€œeverything righta€ have lost their force a€“ and he becomes himself a misfit who cana€™t, or wona€™t, hang onto a job. During his travels he makes a catch-as-catch-can living as an adjunct professor, a field worker, a department store clerk, a civil servant, a door-to-door salesman, a janitor, a car washer, a day laborer, even a seller of blood a€“ his own. This is a close-up view of the dark (and now largely neglected) side of the 1980s, also of a subculture which lives just below the surface of middle-class American life and which shares neither in its affluence nor its aspirations. Ita€™s a fouryear stroll on the wrong side of the tracks, a tale reminiscent of George Orwella€™s Down and Out in Paris and London, yet leavened with a dash of humor.My first project was a Tecumsehpowered push mower solicited from my landlord, Alicea#39;s husband, Jim, who ... sincewe had repair manuals with theirexploded diagrams, pointbypoint sequences for dismantling and reassembly, torque charts anbsp;...

Title:Another Sort of Life
Author: John Calvert
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2008-05-20

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