The Angle

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In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.

"The apartment was on the other side of Maple Street and by now Jim would be sitting at the window. That neighborhood was a barren place, a flophouse for second-hand cars. A block away stood their brick apartment building; the only other buildings on the street were a high school of grey brick, a Colonel Sanders, a National Ambulance, and a green metal shed with blind windows. The rest of the block had been razed and sown with asphalt. As Violet walked past the high school, she quickened her pace because the yard full of shouting black faces and ball-slapping black hands made her feel looked at and vulnerable; she felt more than saw them watching her. If only there were something green and growing, a patch of grass, a shrub, a tree, but all there was was concrete."

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