Bring me your dissipated, burned-out masses

From today’s NYT, in an article about people who use craigslist to buy home furnishings:

A Turkish kilim ($75) came from a young woman who told Ms. Cullerton she was poised to reinvent herself in Los Angeles. She had been making party gift bags for 10 years. “The party’s over,” she said.

Every surface of her tiny apartment near the Holland Tunnel was sanded, stenciled, wallpapered or otherwise worked over – as distressed as its occupant. “She really seemed at the end of her tether,” said Ms. Cullerton, who noted bookshelves filled with self-help primers on anger management and toxin removal.

Welcome! You’ll fit in just fine.