"if you ain't got heart, you ain't got nada"
"down these mean streets" (piri thomas) is more than an autobiographical novel: it's a life story. or it's a hell of an aubiograpfical novel that fully accomplishes its purpose: to teach others how to live, how to enjoy life and how to avoid making the same mistakes.
a story of a life. real life. a life that makes you shiver. a life that makes you revolt against the harsh, cruel reality. no more playing, no more lying. boys being raped. children smoking pot. young girls having babies.
there are (life)stories that touch you. or even change you; help you become a better person. here is a story that made me stop for a while and (re)consider life. i take my hat off to ted williams: