In some cities, with a late start, after prior events running long, when the train being taken is single-tracked delayed, the street being closed for Transformer shoot location planning only makes all the more final a hopeless evening’s concession that inception is futile.

In any other city, such events would be of misery; but I am in Chicago.

I still don’t want to buy resume paper, he said, riding the el at 2am. I still want to buy a giant stuffed tiger.