As an IU Bloomington student, I frequently made the drive back to the fraying rusty fringe of Chicagoland, the land of greasy-dappled gyro joints, of Italian Beef, and Italian Sausage, and Italian Beef and Sausage.
Some described it as one of the most boring drives in America, lamenting the flatness and unvarying scenery, but I always drove it under the shroud of darkness.
Nine Inch Nails, My Life With the Thrill **** Kult, and the Revolting ***** spilled through the stereo. Al Jourgensen growled his strange Rod Stewart cover, his ode to crack-*******, and his heavy industrial soundtrack that makes you feel tense, like a prime time victim show.
As the aggressive beats and resonant past washed over me, I realized my cozy hometown offered comfort but could sustain no credible fantasies of the future.