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We and Jenny Jones

We were out of work, Lewie and me. Lewie is a housepainter and it was his slow season. I’m a househusband, slinging diapers daily. Lewie, my wife’s brother, usually lives with his girlfriend on the south side, but he was staying with us until he finished painting our bedroom. He’d been at our place for […]

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Wine Tasting

This room could make you snow-blind. Arranged along the white walls are tables with white tablecloths. Sitting at the tables, seven white men in white lab coats. At each of their stations, a little white plate with a roll of roast beef and some crackers, and three glasses of red wine. Each man has a […]

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Shakers

Five years ago these people were asked very politely, in an undertone hushed by repugnance bordering on horror, to take their Laurel and Hardys and their grinning duckies and their big-breasted bimbos and leave the Antique and Art Glass Salt Shaker Collec

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Heroes

At 6:30 AM on July 12, at exactly the time they are supposed to, a line of men files out of the Holiday Inn across from the Merchandise Mart and into two borrowed CTA buses. They are wearing polo shirts and T-shirts and khaki pants and jeans and caps and windbreakers. Some have potbellies, and […]

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Custom Work

Beneath five rows of buzzing fluorescent bulbs, custom tailor Fred Mazzei is cutting a suit. He moves his five-pound pair of ironclad shears with amazing accuracy, making his way through two layers of fabric at a time with a succession of sharp snaps. He stacks the pieces on an adjacent wooden table in two piles, […]

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Cowboys

Airplanes landing at O’Hare often fly right over the Rosemont Horizon, and even inside the enclosed stadium you can hear the whine of their engines as they drop. The Horizon is nearly three quarters full on a cold, drizzly Saturday night in late February, the third night of the International Championship Rodeo. Some of the […]