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Rick Bragg's Torn Lampshade

A famous Rick Bragg story from his early years at The Birmingham News
This is a truncated version.

A story was composed on a Friday afternoon for a Sunday edition that had no promising stories. It was written in a matter of hours. No sources were consulted. It became a touchstone for great writing that goes over the top ...

Night comes to Birmingham
  (July 20, 1986)

  </by>Rick BraggNews staff writer</1cr>¥¥Night comes to Birmingham like a thin, torn lampshade over a bright, hot bulb, unable to snuff the light out completely but enough to cast pockets of shadow here and there.
  Five Points South, as usual, glimmers on through the night. Women wearing the latest Birmingham’s department stores have to offer sip aqua drinks and laugh. Men in light summer suits and paisley ties — work clothes on the Southside — talk assets and IRAs and laugh.
  It is a constant, genteel laughter, the kind generated when people get together to eat, drink and have a good time at a place li…