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The Mind in a Lonely Age

I picked him up at a Columbus hotel late one Friday night. Out of a job and money, Kareem* was set to join the ranks of Ohio homeless.  “Would you let Kareem stay with you for a couple days?” was the question our New York City friend asked us. Kareem, the son of an Egyptian immigrant, was born in New York City, but after his mom divorced his father, he moved back with his mom to her home state of Ohio. After only a couple days at our house on the edge of Cincinnati’s suburbs, Kareem found an IT call center job through a temp agency. He didn’t know anything about IT, but the job paid $15 an hour with the potential to become permanent, and the company promised training.  Read More

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