Tales of Ordinary Madness Setting & Symbolism

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An Apartment in Los Angeles, appears in collection

The vast majority of the stories take place in Los Angeles, and most of them take place within a working-class home or apartment owned by a struggling artist and frequented by various other infringed artists and vagrants. A classic example of such a story is "Nut Ward East of Hollywood", in which the narrator is awoken by a trinket-peddler named Mad Jimmy who uses his phone, preens in his new Panama Hat, and finally leaves once his gluttonous roommate finds him there. The apartment's toilet constantly backs up, and its major decoration is a large wooden box in the middle of the room in which the narrator throws his bottles in order to make them all fit into two garbage cans. Similarly, "Too Sensitive" takes place inside an apartment that the narrator shares with a woman who does not care...

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