The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America. “Life is not something you do, it’s something you endure.”

by Emily Badger

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — Robert Putnam wants a show of hands of everyone in the room with a parent who graduated from college. In a packed Swarthmore College auditorium where the students have spilled onto the floor next to their backpacks, about 200 arms rise.