“David didn’t know if he was smart. He liked to think he wasn’t dumb, even sort of liked learning new things, provided it didn’t come at the expense of doing something he really wanted to do. He didn’t believe in street smarts, since that meant you were a failure in some other part of your life but somehow were cagey enough to make shit work out among the uneducated trolls who lived under the bridge.”
— From Gangsterland (2014) by Tod Goldberg
Found a copy at a book sale 35 years ago, but it was mildewed and I was very allergic; had to mail it away after just a few days. But last month, chanced upon the title, realized what it was, looked it up on Abebooks and found a nice, clean, non-allergenic copy. Filled with illustrations and stories.
My high school guidance counselor did not share these possible futures with me.
Posters advertising “The Brute” by Joseph Conrad, in McClure’s Magazine, November 1907 with illustrations by Ernest L. Blumenschein.