Dirty Lotuses

Over time the hustling culture swallowed everything up. There used to be margins, interstices, where creativity could flourish. But as things began to speed up in this country from about 1965 on, a kind of industrial, corporate, consumer “frenzy” took over, which meant there was no time for anything except getting and spending.

P.T. Barnum, who once confessed that the coffee at the country store he worked in as a young man “was as good as burned peas, beans, and corn could make.”

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