Why is it great? I promise this is the last you’ll see of Springsteen on this site for the foreseeable future. But I had somehow missed this story by one of my favorite writers (and former co-worker on the LA Times’ foreign desk), Jeff Fleishman, who sent me the piece after reading the recent Storyboard post on the singer as storyteller. First off, I know it’s five sentences. But it reads like one beautiful thought, crystallizing the loss of hope in the heartland that Springsteen has long written about. As a matter of fact, it reads like one of his lyrics. Beautiful.