The Crack in the Picture Window

The Crack in the Picture Window

The Crack in the Picture Window

The Crack in the Picture Window

Excerpt

For literally nothing down--other than a simple two per cent and a promise to pay, and pay, and pay until the end of your life--you too, like a man I'm going to call John Drone, can find a box of your own in one of the fresh-air slums were building around the edges of America's cities. There's room for all in any price range, for even while you read this, whole square miles of identical boxes are spreading like gangrene throughout New England, across the Denver prairie, around Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, New York, Miami--everywhere. In any one of these new neighborhoods, be it in Hartford or Philadelphia, you can be certain all other houses will be precisely like yours, inhabited by people whose age, income, number of children, problems, habits, conversation, dress, possessions and perhaps even blood type are also precisely like yours. In any one of these neighborhoods it is possible to make enemies of the folks next door with unbelievable speed. If you buy a small house, you are assured your children will leave you perhaps even . . .

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