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New Yorker Profile
May 10, 2023 – May 11, 2023

The following photographs were taken during the writing process

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Chip and Lucas take off to see Mason and Jimmy.

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Lucas snaps this at Chip's old home at Morningside Gardens.

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After four hours driving, Lucas takes this as Mason comes out to greet Chip.

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Inside Mason's new trailer home, still in Lot 7: The top screen is security. The bottom is the television, on all day. Star Trek is a favorite. The hallway leads back to Jimmy's room.

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Mason and his favorite cat.

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Mason drives Jimmy and me to a buffet restaurant two towns over, which they have chosen, and I treat us all to dinner. (I had really forgotten Mason's table manners.) Later, we go back to the house, and Mason and I turn in. The next morning, I grab this shot of snoozing Jimmy. While I was sitting on the couch the next morning, I drifted off to sleep, and when I awoke . . .

Lucas goes off to his motel. I am staying the night with Mason. Later . . . 

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Lucas was already there, talking with Mason. On his computer, Jimmy made me a dozen printouts of cartoons about Trump: This is Trump territory, but Mason and Jimmy are both Democrats.

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Lucas and I say goodbye to Mason and Jimmy . . . 

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And as we get ready for the four-hour journey, I catch Mason giving Jimmy a farewell pat, and we begin the long drive home.

"It was a six-hour drive back to Philadelphia. We stopped for lunch at a Creole restaurant in Kingston, where Delany declared our server, a green-haired young man with piercings, 'cute as a button.'"

—Julian Lucas

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