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‘A Marker To Measure Drift’ by Alexander Maksik

We don’t read so much about the poor in novels anymore. The moment when our greatest writers — from Sinclair Lewis to Walker Evans — turned their gaze on the stumbles of the American experiment has long since passed.

And yet while poverty remains, its global reality often has as much to do with America as a homeless woman sleeping on the streets of Somerville.

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