Wednesday, December 31, 2008

last saturday evening there was a great argument in the polonia bar

"Last Saturday evening there was a great argument in the Polonia bar. All the biggest drunks on Division were there, trying to decide who the biggest drunk of them was. Symanski said he was, and Oljiec said he was, and Koncel said he was, and Czechkowski said he was. Then Roman Orlov came in and the argument was decided. For Poor Roman had been drunk so long, night and day, that when we remember living men we almost forget Poor Roman... So I bought Poor Roman a double-shot and asked him frankly how, before he was thirty, he had become the biggest drunk on Division."

"how the devil came down division," from "the neon wilderness, Nelson Algren

[Division Street west of Damen Avenue]

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