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Man of the Year

Something weird seems to happen whenever my friend Dino comes to town. Last week it was the Harvards and Marshall Field. Dino is a lawyer in McCook, Nebraska, and he periodically gets here on business, although I’ve never understood why. “Dino,” I asked him last Friday, after he had completed his business and we were […]

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The Boss Bows Out

He was dead now. In the morning he had been a physical marvel, shooting baskets like a young colt and giggling like a politician who owned the world. But now, early afternoon, his body lay on a stretcher in a fire department ambulance headed south on Michigan Avenue. They had cut open his chest in […]

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Allah Runs It

Jaffar and I sat in a lunchroom not far from International Amphitheatre; one of those tiled waiting stations favored by old men, junkies and part-time ponces, with coffee brewed from oak leaves and rice pudding the color of the floor. He sat across from me, a paper napkin slipped between his cup and saucer in […]