I didn’t know what to expect from Algren, but after Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift I wanted to read another Chicago writer. This piece, marked ‘Literature’ on the back, but really an essay, is a kind of love note for the city Algren loves and a lament for what he thinks it’s becoming. Algren’s syntax is powerful and original, if a bit elusive at times. Still, I recognize the city and its spirit in his words and will read more of his work. The edition I found contains an Afterword in which Algren responds to the less than enthusiastic reception his book first received. I recommend getting a copy that includes this section.