By Michael Katakis
A visceral and eviscerating lament for the united states, the rustic Katakis enjoyed yet can not undergo to stay in.
Once upon a time, Michael Katakis lived in a spot of huge goals, vibrant colors and sleight of hand. That position was once America.
One evening, vacationing the place those that stay inside illusions should not cross, he stared into the darkness and glimpsed a light flag the place shadows accrued, revealing one other the USA. It used to be a damaged position, bred from worry and mistrust - 1000 shards of glass - packed with a those who in the past had given away all that was once worthwhile; a those that were offered, for therefore lengthy, a international betrayal that at last got here from inside of, and for not anything greater than a handful of silver.
These essays, letters and magazine entries have been written as a farewell to the rustic Michael loves nonetheless, and to the spouse he knew as his 'True North'. a robust and private polemic, 1000 Shards of Glass is Michael's entice his fellow voters to alter their path; a cautionary story to these all over the world who idealise an the United States that by no means was once; and, crucially, a glimpse past the parable, to a rustic whose top days may well nonetheless lie forward.
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