Started "Without Reserve" by Lynda Shorten yesterday. I liked that she clearly identified where she was coming from in doing this project and her awareness of her own potential bias as a non-Indian person. It set the book off on a good tone. She describes it as being the stories of urban Indians who wanted to tell their stories. She makes no promises of representativeness. If people wanted to tell their stories she listened. However from the first story it is clear that she was genuinely engaged in the telling of these stories and in that particular case, developed a friendship with the man. The story is a hard one to read. It is the story of abuse, foster homes and the street, but I found it really good to hear the story in the words of the person living that experience and to get the sense of what he was thinking of. He self described himself as scary and it was interesting to peer past the outside layers of that person. I live a block from the homeless shelter and this type of guy is our neighbor, I felt like I got a little bit better understanding of all the conflicting influences behind the stereotype.
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