The urban misadventures of a man boy
The misadventures of a boy born in a ghetto but not of the ghetto More
The urban misadventures of a man boy I explore with dark sardonic wit to the reader of this novel the layers of the city that I love regardless of how she has treated me from birth to my early twenties. I use the story of myself to examine the forces external and internal that lead a Catholic boy to atheism (And no a priest did not molest me) I manage to avoid the pitfalls of inner city gangs and drugs but nearly tripped myself up with three suicide attempts with the first one being at fifteen. I relive the huddled winters in one room with several people and the hot summers without electricity or gas. This is a story of how the American dream is so far removed for some people it seems to never have existed. The urban decay is where I was born and raised and to a certain extent where I feel at home in. A cleaned sanitized downtown Chicago hides it's true nature. From an early age I constructed a world filled with Saturday morning cartoons, cereal and underoos as a shield for the things that had been done to me. This is the tale of a young boy who at an early age transverses the whole of his city with only the benefit of a bus fare or the occasional "super transfer." The underbelly of my Chicago is filled with children engaged in things that make them young in age but old in sin and numerous predators prowling the streets of the late seventies and the eighties. I have injected rants into this story of my experiences from child to man. Example: I didn't know that all black men could song or had extra tendons in our legs to make us run faster until white guys were nice enough to explain it to me. As a man of color I lightly explore the depths of what it means to be black especially since I am married to a white woman from a small all white town but I leave most of that angry black men who can think of nothing else to write about alone. For the most part I see myself as the average American who loves his family.
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