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Notes from Underground 

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Age: 28

Occupation: Unemployed/poet

Apartment: 350-square-foot basement studio, $475 a month

Location: West Town

Years in this apartment: Four

Decorative themes: Schlitz beer promotions: trays, signs, electric displays. Pictures of skeletons.

Wake-up Song: "Argh Fuck Kill" by the Dayglo Abortions

Post-its on doorjamb: "Lunch Fucker!!" "Fruit!! Fucker!!"

Not Pictured: Boxes of his early writings: poems, songs, stories from high school, clippings from college paper.

In His Own Words: "This apartment traps mold, and there's not a lot of ventilation. I got on this kick of making beef jerky all the time, so it smells like meat. I refuse to sign a yearlong lease, 'cause I like to get out on a moment's notice."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Lloyd DeGrane.

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