Sunday, May 02, 2004

Excerptastic: The road to hell...

From Down to This: Squalor and splendour in a big-city shantytown, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall's account of the year he spent living in Toronto's now-bulldozed Tent City squat:
The old crew say there haven't always been rats in Tent City. They got them for Christmas just last year.
There were less than a dozen people here last winter, and it just so happened that they all had somewhere to go for the holidays. There'd already been a lot of media attention and someone brought down a dozen cooked turkeys and left one on each doorstep. By the time the residents returned to their shacks a couple days later, the turkeys were gone and the place was crawling with vermin.
So, yeah. I'm reading a book. It's true. Bet you thought I did was go to the theeee-tah and watch films. No, no. There's more to me than meets the eye.

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