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The interview did not go as planned.

[Some freewriting from a few weeks ago.] The interview did not go as planned. That is to say, she didn’t get the job. That is to say, she couldn’t pay the rent and was therefore kicked out of the apartment … Continue reading

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STORIES FROM THE GRID: Belmont/California

Being part of a series involving Chicago and its surroundings. There wasn’t a streetlight nearby but the lights were still on in the restaurant, spilling onto the sidewalk. Through the window you could see two men in white aprons and … Continue reading

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Awaiting Auction

I was visiting an urban refuse center, a massive garbage/salvage operation with extensive grounds. It had a vertical sorting facility at its center, a multistory building, and as part of a small group I was being given a tour of … Continue reading

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STORIES FROM THE GRID: Cermak/Grove

Being part of a series involving Chicago and its surroundings. The evening rush hour of a warm and windy spring day. A woman wearing a hot pink sweatsuit and a turquoise headband is walking east. She stops at the intersection, … Continue reading

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STORIES FROM THE GRID: Ashland/North

Being part of a series involving Chicago and its surroundings. It was sometime after 9 on a Thursday night and there were only a handful of people on the bus, which was heading north on Ashland. Because the bus was … Continue reading

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STORIES FROM THE GRID: Belmont/Sheridan

Being part of a series involving Chicago and its surroundings. At the front of the line in the convenience store was a young woman in sweats and a tanktop, holding a tiny suede purse. She had two coffees in styrofoam … Continue reading

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STORIES FROM THE GRID: Orrington/Elgin

Being part of a series involving Chicago and its surroundings. It was twilight and the young woman was walking south on Orrington, alone, wearing a very bulky winter coat. It was quite cold and so she also had on a … Continue reading

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