His bleak, savage depictions of rural down-and-outers
combine the literary style of James Dickey with the noir chops of Daniel Woodrell.
The 53-year-old Worcester man was one of the more than 100 down-and-outers
, lonely souls and others who turned out for the annual Bishop's Thanksgiving Dinner.
They see the Gordon Smiths of the world as down-and-outers
. They don't make a difference to anybody - but they do.
Even the squats the kids wander through in search of the elusive Barry contain only lovable down-and-outers
In most of the examples in this book, the down-and-outers
who carried out their robberies were swiftly isolated and hunted down on the spot by local posses, or a little later by sheriffs alerted by telegraphed warnings, or even by citizens who read their local newspapers.
Ronald Reagan famously complained about "welfare queens," writes Stossel, "but he never told us that the biggest welfare queens are the already wealthy." Thus begins a tale of how such struggling down-and-outers
as former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas, financier David Rockefeller, and a well-heeled broadcaster named John Stossel have benefited handsomely from government largess.
Punker girls danced with would-be down-and-outers
. The plate was passed and the audience was generous, sending the touring bands on their way with change for food and fuel.
Along the way they struggle with the miseries, humiliations, and insults of poverty and hunger, and with bosses and townsfolk without a drop of mercy for these down-and-outers