By Stanley Elkin
A black industry broker needs to reconcile his life of sins as he faces not easy time in criminal A born salesman, Leo Feldman can peddle whatever from garments and home equipment to prostitutes, weapons, and medication. even though accountable of myriad crimes, Feldman is sentenced to criminal because the results of a clerical blunders that charged him with a criminal offense he didn't dedicate. Now, thoroughly susceptible to the inmates who encompass him—and to the strict Warden Fisher—Feldman needs to come to phrases with what it capacity to be jailed now not for his crimes, yet for his personality. Wry and insightful, a nasty guy is an engrossing tale of an antihero's trip in the course of the twisted global of an unforgiving penal approach. This booklet positive factors infrequent images and never-before-seen records from the author's property and from the Stanley Elkin files at Washington collage in St. Louis.
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GRIOT~ didn’t have many alternatives to jail for the escaped convicts, though. If it came up with a parole, it soon put the ex-con back in a cage again. The same thing happened if GRIOTTM was told that the jailbird was Hispanic. It was somewhat more optimistic about Whites, if they could read and write, and had never been in a mental hospital or been given a Dishonorable Discharge from the Armed Forces. Otherwise, they might as well be Black or Hispanic. The wild cards among jailbirds, as far as GR1OT~ was concerned, were Orientals and American Indians.
Religious Jews gave credence only to what was supposedly their own history, the Old Testament, whereas Christians took both works seriously. ” I was angry now. “Kimberley,” I asked, “did you by any chance tell the Board of Trustees that I said these things? ” “Maybe,” she said. She was acting cute. I thought this was a dumb answer. It was in fact accurate. The Trustees had a lot more they wanted to discuss than misrepresentations of my Chapel lecture. I found her both repulsive and pitiful. She thought she was such a heroine and I was such a viper!
I didn’t tell GRIOTTM that I had landed a job I loved here. I told it only about my life up to the end of the Vietnam War. It knew all about the Vietnam War and the sorts of veterans it had produced. It made me a burnedout case, on the basis of my length of service over there, I think. It had me becoming a wife-beater and an alcoholic, and winding up all alone on Skid Row. If I had acces~ to GRJOTTM now, I might ask it what might have happened to Marilyn Shaw if Sam Wakefield hadn’t rescued her.