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Choosy Beggars

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by Ian1 Comment

Kromer’s Pity the Poor Panhandler shows how comfortable in almost every occasion the more affluent class is at taking resources from the more needy class. The fact that people who did not need to panhandle chose to panhandle in order to find a solution to the problem of the poor and needy begging for money paints a perfect picture of …

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Understanding more from simpler language

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What piqued my interest most particularly in this time around’s readings was the simplicity of the language. In Kromer’s “Autobiography,” he writes, “I had no idea of getting Waiting for Nothing published, therefore, I wrote it just as I felt it, and used the language that stiffs use even when it wasn’t always the nicest language in the world.” Personally, …

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Hoboism in the Depression

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In Waiting for Nothing, the reader finds themselves behind the lens of a bum traversing the American landscape. The novel divides the different people seen in this landscape into three different categories: the predators, prey and scavengers. The focus is on the scavengers whom are the bums, likened to rats (Kromer’s ‘Waiting for Nothing’, Obropta 1). As a whole, the …

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Waiting in Vain

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Kromer perpetuates the pessimistic ideology prevalent during the Great Depression Era. His novel, ‘Waiting for Nothing,’ documents the life of an impoverished bum traveling all around America. It’s important to note that most of the story is autobiographical, and while a few of the stories aren’t directly Kromer’s experience, he has been through a lot of what the story dictates. …

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The Power of Numb Observation

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by Amar1 Comment

Waiting for Nothing. What a book.   In the first chapter, Kromer premeditates striking a man with a heavy stick to rob him, then loses the nerve to follow through. It is a particularly interesting first impression Kromer makes in his book of vignettes, where he wonders aloud “Can’t a guy watch another guy eat chicken?” and introduces you to …

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Dead End

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by EsabelleYC1 Comment

Tom Kromer’s, “Waiting for Nothing,” was an intense story of people facing the roughest times of their lives throughout the depression-era. Reading the book, I can’t help but feel disturbed by the intensity and darkness that fuel the writing. Kromer did a great job depicting the searing realism life on the bum of the working-class people who are locked in …

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The Power of Hopelessness

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by Veronica1 Comment

Tom Kromer’s “Waiting for Nothing” is a novel that details the crude and horrid experiences of a those struggling in the Great Depression. More specifically, Kromer focuses on “stiffs,” or those who constantly travel in search of a job, though the outcome is not usually one of success. Ultimately, these “stiffs” begin to feel a sense of hopelessness. This is …

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What do the papers say today?

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One thing that got me thinking was the thought around awareness of people at the time during which the autobiographical novel “Waiting for Nothing” took place. I am an optimist and in most cases, I believe in more of the good within people, than the bad. However, I never find a good explanation for how people act during war times. The …

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Struggle to Survive

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In the novel “Waiting for Nothing,” we see the daily struggles a  “stiff” faces during the Great Depression through the eyes of that stiff himself. It’s a poignant, and heartbreaking story that is far more powerful than any of the other stories we have read so far in the semester. Kromer writes this novel from the perspective of a vagrant, …

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Poverty and Morality

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by Michael1 Comment

“Bring it down hard, I tell myself, but not too hard. He is under my arm. He is right under my arm, but my stick does not come down. Something has happened to me. I am stick to my stomach. I have lost my nerve” Tom Kromer lives a difficult live life – a life filled with poverty, starvation, and …

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Can You Spot The Difference?

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by Laura1 Comment

The novel Waiting For Nothing by Tom Kromer is completely different from anything I’ve ever read before. Though it is starkly depressing in its depiction of life as a starving homeless man during the Depression era, it also has the most entertaining voice. I laughed when the main character said, “Nothing, only watching a guy eat chicken. Can’t a guy …

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First Person Narrative

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Tom Kromer, in his book “Waiting For Nothing,” depicts a life of a “bum” from an an actual poor man’s perspective. Kromer’s story is honest about a person’s struggles during the Great Depression while actually being from that person’s point of view. Unlike other authors who placed themselves in situations where they believed they could understand, emphasize and describe the …

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The Bottom Layer of Maslow’s Hierarchy

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In ‘Waiting for Nothing’, we see the emotional sophistication of the author, a ‘stiff’, through his life experiences. However, at the end, we are also confronted with the reality that Kromer’s life has not changed much from the beginning of the story. This really highlights the stagnant nature of these people’s lives due to the lack of physiological fulfillment; when growth …

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Descriptions of Class Distinctions

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The stories for this week constantly highlight class differences, from descriptions of clothes of the rich and poor to the success of writers. In the story Waiting for Nothing by Tom Kromer, a poor man describes why his writer friend Karl has not found monetary success. He says, “…in Karl’s stories you can hear the starved cries of babies. You can …

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A Nation Divided

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by Khirad2 Comments

Tom Kromer’s work “Waiting for Nothing” is interesting for a variety of reasons, the hunger the reader feels throughout the novel, the bleakness of his stories, and his unique way of describing the people he encountered, but perhaps one of the most unique things about his work is his classification of major class differences. In much of the other readings …