A Royal typewriter on the Story of the Day table

AWM Story of the Week

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit. Check back weekly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our typewriters and possibly be featured here!

This Bob Dylan song (renamed “The Jail Song” by this visitor) is great, and ties in wonderfully with the upcoming panel at the AWM from the Auditorium Theatre on incarceration’s impact on the arts. Learn more and RSVP for the free event here!

The Jail Song


They say everything can be replaced

They say every distance is not near

So I’ll remember every face

Of every man who put me here

I see my light come shinin’

From the West down to the East

Any day now, any day now

I shall be released

This interesting exchange between several visitors raises some good questions on the nature of home.

How long have you been away from your hometown?


What is a hometown anyway? Such a term connotes a sort of ownership, either of the town or of the person, no? Where one is born is a lottery. Wherever one is can become a home, and then one is never away.


Well, I came to Chicago in 2016 and never go back home after that. Hometown to me is a little blurry. But I know my parents, my friends, and all my memories stay there.


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