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The Risk Pool by Richard Russo
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May 06, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

As I drove through Gloversville, N.Y., about five years ago, I saw a brick house that was being demolished. It appeared to have suffered a fire. Perhaps because it was close to the houses on either side, it was being knocked down manually, without heavy equipment. In the time that I drove by, I saw that a group of sturdy men were smashing away with sledgehammers, and all that remained of the house, perfectly free standing, was the front facade. As I passed by the front of the house, it looked like all the other homes on the block, except that I could see through the windows that sun was pouring in where there should be living rooms and sofas.
I could not get that image out of my head while I read The Risk Pool.
In my hometown, there would have been a row of lawn chairs out front, occupied by sidewalk superintendents maintaining a steady patter of narration during the action. That's pretty much the only difference between my hometown and Gloversville.
Now, I'm online, being a sidewalk superintendent about Russo's book and his writing. Sumus quod sumus.
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