Commonplace (i.e. We’re back from Philadelphia)

QB is back from the City of Brotherly Love, and we will resume regular posting later this week. Until then, a stopgap:

“After the bomb explosion in Wall Street in 1920, for example, [Carlo Tresca’s] photograph was published with the caption, ‘Police Want This Man.’ Members of the Bomb Squad finally located him in the People’s House at 7 East Fifteenth Street, sitting in an office, sleepily reading a book on political economy. They discovered a package in his pocket. They unwrapped it and found three cheese sandwiches.

‘They are nice boys,’ he says, referring to the Bomb Squad. ‘Since then, whenever there is a bomb, they come to see me. They ask me what I know, but I never know anything. So we have wine.’”

—Joseph Mitchell, “Town Anarchist Delights in Being Thought a Villain,” My Ears Are Bent

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (
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