In books and in pictures, our literary history lives on thanks to these ink-stained artists.
The poet and short-story master recalls his quintessential Chicago moment, which brings to mind his first story collection, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods: He was practicing Willie Mays’s famous over-the-shoulder catch on the 25th Street playground when he finally re-created it to rob a buddy of an extra-base hit. “Five people saw it,” he says. “But I’ve never forgotten that moment. There was that little pebble baseball field that your whole life was lived out on—there were all your buds, there was baseball, there was boyhood.”—Jonathan Messinger
Dybek is working on a book of poems set in the Caribbean.