Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Earning their keep

Old man selling souvenirs, Kiyomizu Dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Woman hawking bananas and pineapples, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

Woman selling artworks, Guang Market, Bali, Indonesia

Young Muscovite gone capitalist, Old Arbat district, Moscow, Russia

“Nobody dast blame this man. You don't understand: Willy was a salesman. And for a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back--that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.”

-- from “Death of a Salesman,” by Arthur Miller

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