The Dream of the Golden Mountains

By Malcolm Cowley

Sequel to Exile's go back (I have the epub, yet it's now not the unique Kindle version). The 1930s

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Having followed the authentic doctrine that enterprise used to be fundamentalh· sound and that the onh· hassle was once insecurity. many of the newspapers have been attempting to make their readers convinced back and abolish the melancholy b~- printing little or no information approximately it. That used to be especial! ~· real within the vast and small business towns. There any signal of higher occasions forward was once noticed at the entrance 4 / THE llREAl\1 o•· TilE COLDEN MOUNTAINS web page, if it was once purely the hiring of some additional clerks for Christmas or a brief upward thrust in universal shares. however the last of a financial institution, the boarding up of a manufacturing facility, the failure of a division shop, the Joss of houses through foreclosed mortgages, the entire information that intended the lifestyles or dying of a neighborhood used to be suggested at the inside of pages, and infrequently it wasn't stated in any respect. Nor did video clips and radio take over a functionality that used to be being inadequately played through newspapers. In these early years of the melancholy, Hollywood was once keeping off "controversial topics," together with all those who at once involved its viewers, and the radio used to be mainly dedicated to identify bands, advertisements, and Amos 'n' Andy. humans have been turning a growing number of to books, not just for interpretation yet for genuine information of what used to be taking place to the rustic. They have been additionally turning to magazines just like the New Republic, which carried so little advertisements that they have been in a feeling open air the yankee enterprise process. Week after week extra mail used to be being dropped at the outdated apartment in Chelsea. The correspondents of former years were usually lecturers, writers, liberals, however the letters we now obtained got here from every type of individuals all around the kingdom. someday it'd be a Chicago brakeman out of labor for 2 years, sitting down in a public library to write down his lifestyles historical past on a five-cent college pad and to invite us what used to be going to occur to thousands like himself. one other day it might be a morally bewildered small businessman who had simply been pressured to discharge part his operating strength; he begged us to not print his identify. A financial institution clerk might let us know how he occurred to be gazing an indication of the unemployed whilst the police charged in with nightsticks. His cranium WllS fractured-and worse than that, his financial institution had closed 3 weeks later and he used to be now unemployed himself. A Missouri housewife could write us by way of the kerosene lamp in her kitchen, after the youngsters had each one been given a bowl of mush with no milk-for the cow was once dryand despatched off to mattress; in six pages she informed the total tale of a marginal farm. many of the letters built into articles we THE previous residence IN CHELSEA/ five may print. In usual instances will get just about all its fabric from people recognized to the editors, no less than via identify, yet there has been no telling in these days who might subsequent be sending us a clean inspiration or a revealing incident. an increasing number of humans have been coming to determine us, inspite of our inconvenient situation. I appear to take into account dozens of correspondents again from Russia, both encouraged by way of the 5 12 months Plan otherwise disturbed by means of the omnipresence of the political police and the indicators of starvation.

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