a thumbnail sketch of the last american

A Thumbnail Sketch of the Last American

A glutton for punishment. The step-child of disparity. A trapped bird in a thicket. A gift-wrapped disaster.

The missing Messiah. Bing Crosby in a time warp. A retail bonanza, a stacked deck.

Mr. Hallmark — bad rhyme, false hope; lapsed memories written in cursive.

Santa’s little smart bomb, the nightmare of Afghani children. Shock and awe wrapped in tinfoil.
Megabyte protest.

Leave no trace said the Buddha, and disconnected his hard drive.

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