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Twenty-three year old Howard Johnson has recently lost his family and his farm to the many dust storms of the Great Depression. Hitching the rails, he decides to leave his Kansas home and head east in search of his brother, where he encounters homeless men, thieves, and a young con-artist along the way. As he begins to set up a new life for himself in Virginia, the young African-American protagonist is presented with new found friends, but also hatred, poverty and cruelty.

Quick With Flies is a rumination for the mind and soul, wherein a young man must face the many misfortunes that eventually shape his perception of his own dignity and humanity. He might find peace, but at what price? Comfort, but to what end? And how much of this American Earth is really his? Such questions are his tale.



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In Confucian philosophy, there is a passage called Ta Tung, or “The Great Harmony,” which describes the ideal relation between things: that the best leaders are elected, wealth is shared and not left idle, and every man, woman, and child belongs to each other -- and to itself. On my way to work, I often stop by a large statue of Confucius off the Bowery, in which this passage is emblazoned. There, one finds a multitude of trees growing up from stone, and flowers in the spring and green all summer. Yet not once did I ever see a Chinese person stand beside me and gaze at the man, much less read the inscription, for to the Chinese, he has become a kind of furniture, and the Chinese (at least here) live in a ghetto of their own construct.

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