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Age: 29

Occupation: Assistant editor

Apartment: Basement living room and kitchen divided by breakfast counter; bedroom. Rent: $985

Location: Wrigleyville

Not pictured: A soup pot "cooked over three times" and a copy of Southern Living: 1981 Annual Recipes. "Some people get hooked on crank, I got hooked on cooking. I love to cook for other people but don't do it much since I got separated."

One thing he started doing since separation: Tossing beanbag through astrolabe, scoring according to complicated point system. Oscar, the cat, fetches.

Theme song: "Four Cornered Room" by War

In his own words: "I only have two complaints about this place: it's cold and it's dark. It's got a dog's-eye view of the street--in fact, one day I looked out the window and there was a dog pissing against it. Dog was pissing right in my face. Damn! Next place I live will be aboveground!"

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


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