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Trajectories

Dalton Conley

in Honky

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215863.003.0002
Trajectories

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The author discusses in this chapter how he, as a child of two white artists, ended up living in the inner city—in the projects of 1969, no less. He notes that his father worked part-time in an art supply store; and his mother was a graduate student at Empire State College. He also describes his bout with spinal meningitis, a rare infection that inflames the lining of the brain and spinal cord, at three weeks of age. It describes the living conditions in Masaryk Towers complex just south of Avenue D in Manhattan, where the family spent their first year as a white minority, a honky in a community of color.

Keywords: inner city; projects of 1969; Empire State College; spinal meningitis; Masaryk Towers; Manhattan; white minority; honky; community of color

Chapter.  2895 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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