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The View From Up Here

Class isn’t supposed to exist in America, unless it’s overcome. But the art of being upwardly mobile doesn’t always come easy.

In 2009, the New Yorker featured Eric Drooker’s drawing The Iron Worker & The Stranger on its cover. The image depicts a WPA-style lone beam-rat straddling an I-beam on an incomplete building rising so high above the rest of Manhattan that the island’s jutting skyscrapers look more like the ridges of a wind-blown sea. The iron worker looks more bronze sculpture than man, not caught in the hurried pace of construction, but lost in a moment, gazing up at a yellow butterfly that somehow has found its way to the top of the metropolis on the trade-winds of New York City.

My cubicle is near a window overlooking those same lower Manhattan canyons. Twenty-eight stories up: The highest I’ve ever been in a building in my life. I keep Drooker’s cover in a frame in the corner of my window. Had my ancestors lived in New York, it&rsquo... Continue Reading

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