Valentino

Valentino

hollywood, ca “Can you spare any…oh my. Is that there a kitten?” I’ve seen this man before. I’ve given him Gatorade, turkey sandwiches, spare change. I’ve also …

 

Beverly

Beverly

hollywood, ca I “Hi, how are you.” “I’m fine.” “I just saw you sitting here, thought I’d ask if I could get you anything?” “You have a cigarette …

 

Glen

Glen

Los Feliz, CA “That’s Glen with one ‘n,’” he tells me. “None of that two ‘n’ bullshit.” We shake hands. Glen’s grip is as loose and suspicious …

 

Dwayne

Dwayne

hollywood, ca I I first meet Dwayne in my garage. He’s sleeping in the carport below my apartment, sprawled out on a generic grey wool blanket Christian …

 

harvey

harvey

hollywood, ca “Shine your windows while you shop?” Lawrence Harvey asks, holding a white cloth in one hand, windex in the other. “I’ll be fast, I …

 

Sanjay

Sanjay

Dhaka, Bangladesh “You are American? I speak English. Will you speak to me? My name is Sanjay.” He sticks his hand through the crowd of  children …

 

Debi and Joti

Debi and Joti

Dhaka, Bangladesh Walking into their house is like stepping down into a basement. I leave my shoes behind outside. Cold feet on colder concrete. The neighborhood …

 

john and flora

john and flora

We pull into the garage. My wife admires the pile of shiny, mismatched objects scattered about the street corner across from our apartment. She asks if …

 

mac

mac

hollywood, ca Dressed in a faded, wool top hat and crocs, Mac Nolte drags a shopping cart with crooked wheels across uneven Hollywood roads. The cans …

 

booker t.

booker t.

hollywood, ca. “Can you spare any change?” We think to keep going. He has a cane. He isn’t looking in any particular direction. I know he’s blind. But …