The Biography of Iceberg SlimBook - 2015
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I only wish I had understood my potential when I was younger, because my mind was unfettered with criminal intent. You see, when a young individual has not become street poisoned -- in other words, he has not devoted all his intellectual energies to becoming a pimp, for instance, or to becoming a stuck-up man-- then he can use his mind constructively. But, when a young mind has been street poisoned , the individual can think of nothing else but his own particular chosen criminal pursuit. (p. 23)
Whether he was writing about sex workers, heroin junkies, convicts, pimps, or black revolutionaries, Goines represented black working-class Detroiters in the 1950s as flawed but sympathetic heroes struggling against the overwhelming forces of racial and gender oppression and urban violence. (p. 127)
No con misses his freedom more than a pimp. His senses are addicted to silky living. (p. 117)
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