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June 20, 2011

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Taylor Lyen

Great dialogue. Flows well, interesting. Raises questions about what happens next.

As a beginning fiction writer, I have not achieved your level of the art. Appreciate the view.

Thanks

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TomWc

You're channeling Toole, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Jeffrey McMahon

Tom, funny after I wrote that I did indeed think of Ignatius J. Reilly.

tomWc

The overwhelming melancholy and your concern for those poor repressed people is certain to clog your pyloric valve.

Jeffrey McMahon

Ignatius is responsible for helping me create an esoteric vocabulary. I read Dunces in 1983. One of those novels that sticks with you.

Michael Brent

When I was a little boy in the early 50's my mother would drive my sister and I from the San Fernando Valley down into Los Angeles to go shopping at the May Company Dep store.
Back then you had to drive thru some nasty parts of LA to get there.
We would see the bums wandering the streets and when I or my sister would comment my mother would always say: "Be kind, that was somebodies baby once"
Ive never forgotten that but now that I live in the progressive paradise known as the San Francisco bay area where the "homeless" thrive like exotic house plants, its hard to remember that the legions of drug and alcohol crazed bums that wander the streets begging, crapping in doorways and scaring the tourists were ever somebodies babies.
Just sayin

herculodge

I have a friend from Poland who has worked in advertising in San Francisco for the last 15 years. He is very conservative, perhaps a reaction to the failed socialism in his home country, and he despises the very place he now lives, complaining about the homeless as you have. But he keeps his opinions to himself for fear of alienating co-workers. As a result, he gets ulcers.

Michael Brent

I am a retired headhunter.
I have no co-workers.

Keith Beesley

Homelessness is a complex problem. Many of the "homeless" you see on the street are mentally ill individuals who for one reason or another are unable to get the care they need, so they self-medicate with drugs and/or alcohol. The reason we see so many more of them now than in previous decades is because of a movement, starting in the 1960s, to "de-institutionalize" them, or reintroduce them into the community instead of shutting them away for life in hospitals. This movement, while well-meant, has resulted in many individuals being dumped on the street with no treatment or supervision.

Michael Brent

Interesting you should mention your friend from Poland.
As I said I am a retired headhunter. From 1978 to 2002 I recruited or "head-hunted" hundreds of engineers for clients in the Silicon Valley. Most if not all in the computer business.
Many of these were Russians who were here on an H1B visas. I always asked them how they liked America and what they thought of the American political system.
All were conservative without exception.
All spoke of the failings of socialism in mother Russia.

herculodge

I heard Luke Burbank who has a radio show in Seattle say Seattle is a magnet for the homeless and the citizens are torn with ambivalence over the problem.

Russians, Cubans, and others from current or failed socialist/communist counties tend to be very conservative.

Michael Brent

San Fransisco now looks like a war zone downtown along Market Street.
For the most part the police try to keep the crazies out of the tourist areas like Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf cause they scare the tourists away.
Between the gangs and the bums the rest of the "City that knows how " has been taken over.
40 years of liberal rule has turned the rest of the city into an open air toilet.

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