10 Midwestern Photos, Without Context

See here, here, or here for photos I took in New York. Apologies that not all of these are as high-res as I would like them to be.

Caveat: I obviously didn’t take picture #10 because I’m in it (as is fellow writesman Jake). That one was taken by someone or another who was in Montage Literary Arts Journal.

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St. Louis is …

  • two high school seniors skipping rocks on the riverfront the summer before college
  • free parking at the casino
  • Bud and baseball
  • thin crust pizza with cheese that sticks to your teeth
  • war stories swapped in the plasma donation clinic waiting room
  • a school bus permanently hanging off the edge of a downtown building
  • a friendly game of washers in the back yard
  • a grown man whose first question when he meets you is where you went to high school
  • a job whose benefits include free cases of beer
  • table shuffleboard in a dive bar
  • a jog in Forest Park
  • a new best friend you meet and forget in the same night
  • a smiling drunk peeing in the sink at Oktoberfest
  • an abandoned house with its windows falling in
  • spaced out skyscrapers
  • screened in outdoor smoking
  • a closed Catholic church
  • an eastbound strip club pilgrimage
  • a dirty joke told by a stranger
  • teenagers taking selfies under the Arch