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Mapping 'Knoxville' Across Time, Media, and Cultures:

Tracing Unexplored Connections Between the Work of Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle

Downward Moves

exhibit twelve

SCHWARZENBACH: “During the day, West Front Street is filled with life that appears sad and bustling at the same time. I walk around and ask people how they make ends meet. The dwellers of West Front Street sometimes don’t even know it themselves. Many of them are ‘on relief,’ getting some welfare support, many of them are looking for work, many of them go hungry. It appears as if they don’t know that above them, only 10 minutes away, there are paved roads, gourmet food shops, as well as the modern, smartly-arranged display windows of TVA teaching that there is a future. In between their shabby dwellings, in a spacious garage there are six big, black, varnished automobiles that appear as smooth as a mirror. When the engines start and when these cars turn into the street, one realizes that these cars are hearses. This is the only glamour that one can find on West Front Street."

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