I wrote this article for the SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) student newspaper District several years ago, its true message was lost by removing most of the article. I am posting it on Disinfo in full length to provide some perspective on the nature of homelessness.
Try to remember your first drink, how old, the setting and what happened [you will understand why I ask in a moment]. While drawing in Chippewa square, a few feet from where Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump famously sat, a stout, weathered, middle aged man approached me. He explained that one of my vertical lines was off and helped me spontaneously throughout the drawing. I had wanted to find a lead for a story concerning the homeless and Lonnie seemed to have a middle way about him. Through just touring the surface of his and a few other fellow human lives a personal apocalypse occurred.… Read the rest