The life of poverty by Linda Tirado
|Brooklyn (c) Peripatetic Media|
Not only does Ms. Tirado manage to describe both the extensive hardship and difficulty of being poor, but she also is capable of pointing out how these people are able to live, even if it means enjoying bad habits (such as smoking) or sacrificing long-term benefits for a moment of joy.
Such a balanced account is rare. It is in complete contrast to ideological pieces such as those we discussed earlier this year on public housing in New York. She has no agenda. Simply describes the life, and even manages to convey the mind of such a person through her language and the structure of her account, in part by jumping chaotically from point to point.
It is exceptional.
Excerpt from "Poor people don't plan long term. We'll jsut get our hearts broken" by Linda Tirado: