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squalor
used in Black Like Me

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(describing a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant — typically due to poverty
  • They provided us deep pleasure, an anodyne to the squalor and clutter of the street.
  • He has grown up and now sees his children grow up in squalor.
  • The need was so great that deep within, through the squalor and the humiliations of this life, I took some joy in the mere fact that I could be alone for a while inside the rest-room cubicle with its clean plumbing and unfinished wood walls.

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  • Existence becomes a grinding effort, guided by belly-hunger and the almost desperate need to divert awareness from the squalors to the pleasures, to lose oneself in sex or drink or dope or gut-religion or gluttony or the incoherence of falsity; and in some instances in the higher pleasures of music, art, literature, though these usually deepen perceptions rather than dull them, and can be unbearable; they present a world that is ordered, sane, disciplined to felicity, and the contrast...

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