| June 28, 2002 Issue

Diary, Michael Brus, Slate
The search for a more fulfilling job led Michael Brus, a political journalist for Slate, to leave his career for an entry-level position as a counselor in a Seattle emergency shelter. Through a series of diary entries, Brus recounts the day-to-day experiences of working in the social services, from busting clandestine crack-smoking sessions in the men's john to signing people up for mats to listening to a kickboxing, grandiose delusional man recount his days as "muy bien," the Sultan of Saudi Arabia. Though Brus often spends even his mainly sleep-deprived nights dreaming of the shelter, at least his days spent in the luxury hotel-turned shelter, located on the original Skid Row, are never dull.
--Rebecca Wienbar
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