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A Code Among Thieves

In Waiting for Nothing, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Richard1 Comment

One of the more interesting parts of “Pity The Poor Panhandler” was the premise of “honor among thieves” (251). The idea that there’s structure among the unstructured seems like foolish paradox, but indeed exists in reality in the form of an unwritten code. Another paradox of this is that, for a thief, it’s okay to take (via begging) from others, …

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Tough City

In Waiting for Nothing, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Freddy LeivaLeave a Comment

Tom Kromer’s Waiting for Nothing is a very touching and dark work. The story centers on the idea of ‘never losing hope’ but instead serves to shine light upon the powerless position of the working class. The style used to narrate the character’s day-to-day experiences is very powerful and really positions the reader in the shoes of a beggar. I …

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Waiting for Kindness

In Waiting for Nothing, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by cLeave a Comment

“A stiff has got to live.”   from Tom Kromer’s Waiting for Nothing In Tom Kromer’s largely autobiographical book Waiting for Nothing, the want or lack of help is excruciatingly present in its glaring absence. More problematic or concerning is the lack of understanding, abundance of mis-understanding, and the reluctance or any desire on the part of those not considered to …

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The Same

In Waiting for Nothing, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Karishma Sonde1 Comment

Within the first paragraph of Waiting for Nothing, I was reminded of Padraic O’Conaire’s Exile. Both narrators set the reader immediately into what their life is, with little set up: Kromer doesn’t waste a second before describing exactly what he wants to do with the stick. Both stories are uncomfortable to read and describe dire poverty. However, what struck me the most about …