'The Tired Man' by Graham Greene (no relation)
I never knew small, local commerce before globalization with its hard work, long hours and elevator music. Corporations suited me better.
I really got to know it in the period of the Internet. We'd sell anything if people wanted it enough, even if they didn't have the money to pay. Of course a situation like that does tempt Etsy entrepreneurs, but, well, you know, they can't stay the course like a professional.
Now local commerce is divided into four shopping malls, you know, each occupied by a power: the Walmart, the Target, the Costco and the Home Depot. But most of the business is serviced Online these days.
Oh, I was going to tell you, wait, I was going to tell you about Jimmy Crackcorn, an American. Came here to visit a friend of his. The name was Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed. Now Crackcorn was broke and Appleseed had offered him, some sort, I don't know, some sort of job ......