Business as usual

“This street is dead,” I heard some boy shout last night, when we’d turned off the porch light and shut the shades and hung a sign saying, “Out of Candy.” I’d contemplated writing, “Sorry, Out of Candy,” but reasoned that we’d bought plenty and I didn’t owe anyone an apology. But also I didn’t want to get egged. I […]

Live Here Long Enough and You Become Your Neighborhood

I was two hours into a meeting with M and J at a crowded Uptown coffee shop. A woman wandered from another table to ours. She started saying something in a low voice that I couldn’t quite hear. She was standing right behind M, who had been making a point in her polite but determined […]