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Missing the point

There have been a small spate of missing flyers stapled to phone poles in Echo Park. The first one I saw was high on the hill on Cerro Gordo near Alvarado. It caught my eye instantly: a white girl, on colored paper. I wondered why there weren't more posted, but I felt the usual unease when I see one of those. Chances are the person in the photo is dead -- the hope the flyer represents unintentionally embodying the classic first stage of grief. Then I saw more of the flyers. Here and there. Different photos of the girl. Artfully done. Then I happened to wander past one stapled to a pole on Echo Park Avenue. D-oh. There's a paragraph of text about wanting to be on the same train with a loved one. So it is an embodiment of grief. The subject -- the girl on the photo -- has a broken heart. Or it's an art prank. Not as clever as writing on the sidewalk, but similar in its use of public space to "share" private feelings with passersby.

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