Ira Sukrungruang, Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing and English, has published a creative nonfiction essay, “Another Type of Silence” in Slag Glass City’s Special Issue: This Blissful City 2021.
Two people sit at a bar—City and Country. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, except it is a memory from a time when sitting at a bar was possible, when one could be in the shadow of others, when the sound of moving bodies, talking bodies, laughing bodies, was normal.
Every urban person I know finds noise to be a type of silence, Country says. I never understood this.
Wind scares me, City says.
But you’re from the Windy City.