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  • 03 September 2009

Fancy Lamps


In his essay, ‘Fancy Lamps’, from Granta 89: ‘Factories’, Neil Steinberg documents the Frederic Cooper Lamp Company in Chicago as it struggles to compete with cheap foreign labour, soaring real estate prices and the death of American industry.

You can read ‘Fancy Lamps’ here.

Granta 108: ‘Chicago’, a celebration of one of America’s most dynamic and distinctive cities, is available to subscribers later this month, and includes essays by Neil Steinberg, Aleksandar Hemon, Alex Kotlowitz, Stuart Dybek, George Saunders, Richard Powers, Elaine Showalter, Dinaw Mengestu, Thom Jones, Ben Ratliff and Sandra Cisneros. There is new fiction by Peter Carey, photography by Camilo José Vergara and poetry by Anne Winters and James Schuyler. There is also an essay on Barack Obama by the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and a remembrance of Nelson Algren by Don Delillo. You can read advance praise for the issue here, and watch a short video about it here.

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