Lesson 1 Face to Face with Hurricane Camille
Lesson 2 Marrakech
Lesson 3 Pub Talk and the King's English
Lesson 4 Inaugural Address
Lesson 5 Love Is a Fallacy
Lesson 6 Disappearing Through the Skylight
Lesson 7 The Libido for the Ugly
Lesson 8 The Worker as Creator or Machine.
Lesson 9 The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Lesson 10 The Sad Young Men
Lesson 11 The Future of the English
Lesson 12 The Discovery of What It Means to Be an American
Lesson 13 In Favor of Capital Punishment
Lesson 14 Loving and Hating New York
List of Suggested Reference Books
It is only because of this that the starved countries of Asia and Africa are accepted as tourist resorts. No one would think of running cheap trips to the Distressed Areas. But where the human beings have brown skins their poverty is simply not noticed. What does Morocco mean to a Frenchman？ An orange grove or a job in Government service. Or to an Englishman？ Camels, castles, palmtrees, Foreign Legionnaires, brass trays, and bandi ts. One couldprobably live there for years without noticing that for nine-tenths of the people the reality of life is an endless back-breaking struggle to wring a little food out of an eroded soil.
Most of Morocco is so desolate that no wild animal bigger than a hare can live on it. Huge areas which were once covered with forest have turned into a treeless waste where the soil is exactly like broken-up brick. Nevertheless a good deal of it is cultivated, with frightful labour. Everything is done by hand. Long lines of women, bent double like inverted capital Ls, work their way slowly across the fields, tearing up the prickly weeds with their hands, and the peasant gathering lucerne for fodder pulls it up stalk by stalk instead of reaping it, thus saving an inch or two on each stalk.