Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Housing (June)

In ‘We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy’ the homeless are children, sleeping in alleyways and under Brooklyn Bridge, their only protection from the elements being newspaper property pages of real estate tycoons. Maurice Sendak merges two nursery rhymes to tell a story of kittens and a “poor little kid” stolen off the street by rats, that then play cards with magnanimous Jack and Guy for their release. Reading this story from 1993 again in June 2016 details magnify in meaning. ‘Lost! Tricked. Trumped. Dumped!’ is the cry as the victims are carted off to an orphanage.  

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