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‘‘At first, the dam­age didn’t look that bad. There was a jagged crack run­ning through the front door’s glass, but that could have hap­pened in a hun­dred in­no­cent ways. And the lobby’s dis­or­der — sand spilled from an up­right ash­tray and a scat­ter­ing of drug aware­ness pam­phlets — looked like the usual by-prod­ucts of teen row­di­ness. As Austin Swope stepped onto the me­tal stair­case that he­lixed up into the con­verted silo, he be­gan to think that maybe the se­cu­rity peo­ple had ex­ag­ger­ated when they spoke of a riot.’’

STEPHEN AMI­DON THE NEW CITY (2000)

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