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Of No Fixed Address: The Panhandler's Playbook

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the fifth in a series of excerpts from my oral history Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago.

Of No Fixed Address: A Real Job

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the sixth in a series of excerpts from my book Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago.

A Few More Words For Studs

Jamie Kalven | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jamie Kalven

Three days after Studs Terkel's death, the New York Times published a column by critic Edward Rothstein titled "An Appraisal: He Gave Voice to Many, Among Them Himself." The piece is a striking instance of the low art of red-baiting disguised as high-minded criticism.

Remembering Studs Terkel

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rick Ayers

It is sad that Studs died just before Barack Obama won this election. My guess is he already completed his absentee ballot. Obama is a Chicago candidate, one Studs was proud of.

Of No Fixed Address: God Planned It

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from my book Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago

Of No Fixed Address: Poor Is Everybody

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

A man on the street once said to me, "I wish I could just go somewhere and be with some people. You know, just socialize with some people. Not a shelter. Just a place to hang out, you know? But I'm homeless, man. I ain't got nowhere to go." Brunches like these seem to fill that void.

Of No Fixed Address: The Gospel According to Art

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

Art and his friend Martin have set up camp in a long, narrow storage space below a three-flat in west Lincoln Park. A single bulb lights the enclosed room.

Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

On the busy streets that frame Lincoln Park's expressions of grandeur, you will find some of America's poorest citizens.