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Writing in a Wind Machine: Do Politicians Obsess over Steel workers?

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    Gloria Lee McMillan

    There is an article in the New York Times concerning the amount of attention that steel workers are getting.  The gist of the essay itself is that far too much attention is being paid to manufacturing and steel worker sin particular by politicians.

    The cure is to become something else, get a new job, and leave all the baggage behind.  How do we feel about this?
    All a writer has is his or her own life and thoughts to write from.  Now in addition to disrupting our communities, it sounds as though the columnist and various commenters believe that we all should develop amnesia.

    LINK:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/magazine/why-are-politicians-so-obsessed-with-manufacturing.html?_r=0

    How does knowing of the resistance to our visibility affect our writing?  And how do we counter this pressure to conform and forget?




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