One of the most heartbreaking moments in Matthew Desmond’s “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”— and there’s a shameful assortment to choose from — is when 13-year-old Ruby Hinkston takes refuge in the public library. She’s come to use the computer. It turns out that she’s been slowly building her dream house with a free online game, and she wants to visit it again.
“It had clean, light-reflecting floors,” Mr. Desmond writes, “a bed with sheets and pillowcases, and a desk for doing schoolwork.”
– The New York Times