Grand Central winter: stories from the street
In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, Lee Stringer-homeless and drug-addicted for eleven years-found a pencil to run through his crack pipe. One day he used it to write. Soon writing became a habit that won out over drugs, and before long Stringer had created one of the most powerful urban memoirs of our time.
With humane wisdom and a biting wit, Stringer chronicles the unraveling of his seemingly secure existence as a marketing executive and his odyssey of survival on the streets of New York. Whether he is portraying God's corner, as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzi, a hooker and past-due tourist whose infant he sometimes babysits, whether he recounts taking shelter underneath Grand Central by night and collecting cans by day or making a living hawking Street News on the subway, Lee Stringer conveys the vitality and complexity of a down-and-out life.
Rich with small acts of kindness, humor, and even heroism amid violence and desperation, Grand Central Winter offers a touching portrait of our shared humanity.
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|Grouping Title||grand central winter stories from the street|
|Grouping Author||stringer lee|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-07-27 04:00:20AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-08-09 05:16:10AM|
Vonnegut, Kurt,author of foreword.
|available_at_boulder||Boulder Main Library|
|detailed_location_boulder||Boulder Main Adult NonFiction|
Online Hoopla Collection
|display_description||Whether Lee Stringer is describing "God's corner" as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzy, a hooker and "past due tourist" whose infant child he sometimes babysits, whether he is recounting his experiences at Street News, where he began hawking the newspaper for a living wage, then wrote articles, and served for a time as muckraking senior editor, whether it is his adventures in New York's infamous Tombs jail, or performing community service, or sleeping in the tunnels below Grand Central Station by night and collecting cans by day, this is a book rich with small acts of kindness, humor and even heroism alongside the expected violence and desperation of life on the street. There is always room, Stringer writes, "amid the costume" jewel glitter...for one more diamond in the rough." Two events rise over Grand Central Winter like sentinels: Stringer's discovery of crack cocaine and his catching the writing bug. Between these two very different yet oddly similar activities, Lee's life unwound itself, during the 1980s, and took the shape of an odyssey, an epic struggle to find meaning and happiness in arid times. He eventually beat the first addiction with help from a treatment program. The second addiction, writing, has hold of him still. Among the many accomplishments of this book is that Stringer is able to convey something of the vitality and complexity of a down-and-out life. The reader walks away from it humming its melody, one that is more wise than despairing, less about the shame we feel when confronted with a picture of those less fortunate, and more about the joy we feel when we experience our shared humanity.|
|owning_library_boulder||Boulder Public Library|
|owning_location_boulder||Boulder Main Library|
Homeless persons -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies
|title_display||Grand Central winter : stories from the street|
|title_full||Grand Central winter : stories from the street [electronic resource] Stringer, Lee,|
Grand Central winter : stories from the street [electronic resource] Stringer, Lee.
Grand Central winter: stories from the street/ Lee Stringer
|title_short||Grand Central winter|
|title_sub||stories from the street|