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 Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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