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On November 20, 2013, the board of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) announced its immediate closure, rendering defunct the Journal of Ordinary Thought, the quarterly publication of the seventeen-year-old community literary institution. “It was an issue of capacity—a lot of nonprofits were hit by the economic downturn,” recounted Sue Eleuterio, a former board member and interim director of the NWA, as well as a workshop leader of ten years for Ordinary Thought. In spite of the despondency that accompanied the sudden collapse of an institution that shaped literary worlds across the city, the cherished memories—and numerous afterlives—of the Journal of Ordinary Thought still keep it in the hearts and minds of many Chicagoans today.
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“I don’t think painting it over is an appropriate thing to do any time.”
“I think about the ways that that place has been silenced or made invisible, and that the only time that we see it is through the lens of racialized criminalization. Not just of race, but also of poverty.”
“Being on the South Side was just constant food for my imagination.”
“We are, as a species, addicted to story.”
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“This is how muralists use walls sometimes: to sell thoughts through color, line, and form.”
“I read on Scooby Doo Wiki that the ‘Go Away, Ghost Ship’ episode is the first one where their lives are in danger. And that’s relevant, somehow.” – Alex Calhoun