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Land of the Lost Souls by Cadillac Man
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Mar 25, 2010

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The author of this memoir, Cadillac Man, was homeless on the streets of New York City for over thirteen years. For a not well defined reason, he chose to leave behind his wife and children and move into the great outdoors. At first he wanted to die, but when death wasn't forth-coming he then began to embrace his new life of freedom.

According to his narrative, most of his time was spent "canning" or picking up discarded aluminium cans and returning them for the deposit. It paid fairly well, often $50 or more a day. Cadillac Man isn't a drinker or drug addict mostly living off coffee and cigarettes.

The material in the book was culled from a series of spiral-bound journals and it was originally excerpted in Esquire magazine. It deals with his day to day life on the streets, the interactions he shares with other street people, his daily wanderings around the city, and survival tips if one were to find oneself in the same position.

Since the book was published, Cadillac Man's situation has changed. He is now only homeless part-time, otherwise he lives with his girlfriend in Astoria. There was a documentary film made about his life, called "Cadillac Man: Life Under the Viaduct" which was released in 2006 by Hell's Kitchen Films.
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