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Author Archive: "Christian Kiefer"

Presidents and Astronauts and People Like That

The Infinite Tides by Christian KieferAccording to NPR, there was not a man in America who had a job. Long-faced unemployed auto-factory workers stood in unemployment lines with doctors sprung loose of shuttered hospitals. Whole towns collapsing in economic horror. City blocks boarded up and empty. America as ghost town. The politicians were not calling it a depression but it was clear from the reports that the descriptor still applied to the men.

I sat in a Starbucks, reading the newspaper and working on notes for what I hoped would be a novel, secure in the knowledge that I was, apparently, the last man in America who had a job. I had been — and still am — an English professor at a local community college, but with the summer off I looked just like every other man in the dim room, frantically working on some project that would offer no method of feeding our families as we followed our bliss down the road to starvation and ruin.

Some of the men were clearly looking for work, paging through the Sacramento Bee's ...

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