New York: Trident Press, 1968.
A passionate, seething, roiling novel... another Grapes of Wrath.
—The New York Times
SURREALISM IN THE URBAN JUNGLE
The Bag is, among other things, the story of Sam Miller—novelist, former professor, former idealist jolted into feelings of apocalypse by political and social upheavals. Miller's new novel, which he considers a horror, is greeted as a tour de force by his publishers. Indignantly, he retrieves his manuscript and retreats to an anonymous job in the New York City Welfare Department, and to a sleazy furnished room. But The Bag is also a story of a city and its people. For Sam's experiences in New York's Welfare Department throw him into an urban maelstrom: black nationalists, slumlords, pushers and addicts, liberals and business... the power-hungry and the powerless.