This distinctive collection features writings from Grant Pick's long, distinguished career in literary journalism. Pick had a uniquely open eye and ear for people who were in difficult situations, doing extraordinary things, or both. Most of his stories focus on interesting but overlooked Chicagoans, like the struggling owner of a laundromat on the west side or the successful doctor who, as he faced his own death from cancer, strove to enlighten his colleagues in the medical field. As only a lifetime Chicagoan could, he described in tender detail the worlds in which people lived or worked, providing a look not just at one city's citizens but at humanity as a whole.Pick's widow and son curate this showcase of some of his most well-remembered work, such as ""The Rag Man of Lincoln Park"" and ""Brother Bill."" In these and all of his other works, Pick wrote from the front lines, speaking to people whom others might encounter everyday but never really see. He faithfully characterized his subjects, never denying them dignity or value and never judging them. In the mirror he held up to his city, Chicago could see the shared humanity of all its citizens.
Grant Pick (1947-2005) was a freelance writer whose work appeared most frequently in the Chicago Reader. He also wrote for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times Sunday Magazine, Crain's Chicago Business, and Catalyst until his sudden death. John Pick is Grant Pick's son and an actor and teacher living in Los Angeles. He graduated from Kenyon College and trained with the Steppenwolf Theater. He currently teaches acting in the Los Angeles Unified School District and is a member of the Actor's Gang. Kathy Richland Pick is an acclaimed portrait and editorial photographer and the wife of the late Grant Pick. Alex Kotlowitz is the author of Never a City So Real and There Are No Children Here, which was selected as one of the 150 most important books of the century by the New York Public Library.