The Way We Live Now

04.27.121:36 PM ET

Signs of the Times

In line at a Starbucks in comfortable Northwest Washington, I notice an ad soliciting a $5 donation for some good cause. It's headlined, "You get a wristband, America gets jobs." Is it possible for one sentence to say more about America in the 2010s? I only wish I'd seen it 6 months ago, so I could have used it in my novel.

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