The View From His Recession

Christina Davidson profiles Antony Roger Ellington III, a unionized electrician:

For a man who has run through all his savings and is struggling to pay bills after three months of unemployment, Antony's outward appearance belies the depression he admits he can't shake. Impeccably dressed and groomed for his current full-time occupation of making rounds and putting in applications, he smiles and cracks jokes constantly. When I ask how he can stay so cheerful under the circumstances, he describes it as a mask he is wearing for my benefit.