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Author QuotedJoseph P. Lyford
Title QuotedAirtight Cage
Date (Year/Month/Day)1967/01/04
ImprintNew York : [s.n.]. 1966
QuotationFinished [Joseph P.] Lyford's book - The Airtight Cage [New York, 1966] - a clear-cut and impassioned report on what happens to people in a slum. In this case the "Area" - South of Columbia in the 80's and 90's on the West Side of NY - which was a somewhat comfy middle-class Jewish"”Irish area when I was in college... He shows the life of utter helplessness, rootlessness, lack of community, lived by people (poor and middle class) who have no recourse, i.e. a system that deplores the slum but needs it as a human refuse dump.
JournalLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 182
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