The stories in this book appeared originally in The News-Gazette, the daily newspaper in Champaign-Urbana, IL, and grew from a collaborative effort between the newspaper and the Department of Journalism at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The idea was to give aspiring student journalists in Walt Harrington’s Literary Feature Writing class a taste of real-world experience by seeing their stories appear in the paper and to give the paper’s readers more stories that might touch their humanity.
The 22 stories are a collection of “tone poems” that evoke in us a richer understanding of the anonymous people with whom we mingle daily, people who at first glance seem different from us — richer or poorer, younger or older, more educated or less, gay or straight, religious or agnostic, black or white. What such stories are meant to do is remind us that beneath all of that we are much the same. So read the stories in Slices of Life and feel the sensation of being inside another human being’s skin — his hopes and dreams, her fears and ambitions, the yearning to live a meaningful life.
All were written by university journalism students and are wonderful examples of great talent just beginning to mature.