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Occupy Wall Street 2

No 23 of 100 Strangers


I met up with Bill Scott among the protestors at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. It transpires that he is a Professor of English at Pittsburgh University. One of his areas of special interest is how working class people have been depicted in American literature. However, I formed the opinion that his presence on the protest was not about satisfying any academic interest he might have. I feel he was there because he believes in what the protesters are trying to achieve in terms of bringing about real change in American society.


As it happens he has his first book published later this week. It is called “Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker” and is available on Amazon. I suspect the OWS protests will create some trouble for part of the US establishment, but the irony is that I cannot imagine meeting a more mild-mannered protester, troublemaker if you prefer, than Bill.


For having the courage of his convictions Bill Scott becomes No.23 in my 100 Strangers portfolio


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Taken on October 19, 2011