When Less Is More

A Chicago-Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza from Lou Malnati’s needs something, but a Malnati Chicago Classic has too much sausage. As a result, I was intrigued to discover that this metro Chicago pizzeria chain now offers an option to go easy on the sausage, at least with online orders, which, after trying it, seems just about right. The next time, I asked if customers were charged the same for this option. A cashier said that they were, so I thought I should clarify. You put less on the pizza, I said, but we still pay the same? She assured me that I hadn’t misunderstood, as if paying the same for less didn’t somehow violate an unwritten consumer code of conduct. Maybe I should resume removing some of the sausage and throwing it in the trash rather than let this restaurant keep some of what I’ve purchased for other orders.

An Urban Warrior

I saw Eddie Bocanegra on the stairs after I had seen him on a screen. He had a few minutes, he said, before class, so we talked about his role in The Interrupters, a film about violence in Chicago neighborhoods that I had recently seen, and his experiences as a student. Then he went to his class while I continued to the bus stop. At that time, I was struck by how upfront and open he was, especially given his experiences, and I’ve sometimes wondered what he has been doing since his graduation. Now I know.