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Dead Boys by Richard Lange
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Oct 26, 09

Read in October, 2009

I read lots of short stories, and Lange's collection contains some of the best stories I've read recently. He writes first-person accounts of people down on their luck on the streets of Los Angeles. The stories are off-putting at times, but there are moments of warm sentiment as well, as in this example from "Culver City:"

Poor old dog, poor old man. I have to move things along, though,
because who knows what the kid's up to out in the truck. When Mr. C
stops talking for a second to thumb the tears from behind his
glasses, I suggest we carry the dog on the blanket, me taking one
end, him the other... He pulls a pint of something from between
the cushions of the couch and has a swig. I wonder if he'll find
another dog to keep him company, or whether he's decided, no, this
is it, never again, as old men sometimes do.

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