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I was born a writer, and so I must identify and respect matters of universal curiosity. It’s reasonable to be curious about the poor in ways not at all patronizing. After all, “poor” is always a relative term. Those of us born poor are continually reminded that the United States is the best place to occupy that status.

Despite my best efforts to interrogate my 72 years of memory, I cannot see back in time to when I did not have the urge…