A great example of narrative journalism

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My old St. Pete Times buddy Chris Goffard has a great piece in the L.A. Times about hardcore homeless guys given a room by a charitable program and about the woman who runs the program. Chris is also a novelist, and I can’t help but see the seeds of the characters in his darkly comic crime noir novelSnitch Jacket in real-life vignettes like these. Particularly admirable is the article’s ending.

A taste:

On the streets, veteran hustlers regarded Sigler as a mark, someone whose self-esteem vanished when he drank and who could be wheedled out of cash and dope.

At the Senator Hotel, his best friend was a wheelchair-bound, brain-damaged man, Mohammed Duala, and at night Sigler lifted his body out of his wheelchair and tucked him gently into bed. “He wants to die,” Sigler said. “He’ll sit there and say, ‘I got no chance anymore. I can’t talk, bro.’”

Sigler understood the impulse. Around the holidays especially, the desire to kill himself was strong.

This is what journalism can be.
Now go read the whole piece.

 

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  1. Kimberly Israel 07/25/2011, 4:28 pm:

    Apparently I’ll read whatever you tell me to now. That was a heck of a story! I want to know more! Everything!

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