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Disch, Thomas M. "Descending." Fantastic Stories of Imagination, July 1964. Collected Under Compulsion. London, UK: Hart-Davis, 1968. Reprint 10th Annual Edition: The Year's Best SF. Ed. Judith Merril. NYC: Dell, 1965. For translations and reprints, see Internet Speculative Fiction Database, as of June 2022 at link here.[1]

Grifter finds himself descending on an escalator he eventually compares to an exercise wheel in a squirrel cage: i.e., an unending journey getting nowhere. Or he may be going to another variation or Hell (or not). Discussed in on-line blog for 25 December 2020 by Glenn Cole Russell here.[2]

RDE, finishing, 18Jun22