Listed as "Allan Goldstein" and "Allan B. Goldstein."
Essays on Mr. Beller's Neighborhood: THE LAST LESSON, ASKING FOR LOVE, and DEATH AND ICE CREAM.
I am an essayist, memoir writer, and Assistant Director of the Writing Program at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. My essays appear in Thicker Than Water, Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities edited by Don Meyer (Woodbine House, 2009) and in Lost and Found, Stories from New York edited by Thomas Beller ("DEATH AND ICE CREAM", Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood Books, distributed by WW Norton, 2009). I also maintain a blog about my brother Fred, who has intellectual disabilities, and our search for a publisher of our memoir Finding Fred.
Sitting in the second row of the balcony at the New York City Center ballet, I, sixteen, entranced by the melodies of Swan Lake, watched a tall, muscular sun-god pirouetting and jeteing on the stage. As he soared, I gasped at the height of his jumps and his sure-footed landings. But I had not come [...]
Decades ago, when my brother was about ten and I around fourteen, he began to spend an extraordinary amount of time in his room. We lived in an apartment in a sketchy neighborhood in the Bronx. There were muggings, petty and not so petty thefts, and a few cases of violent crimes. Still, we played [...]
*This story is written from the perspective of the author’s former roommate. The names have been changed but all events happened as stated. Andy is being a serious cocksucker and holding onto my money. He won’t give me any. He says it’s for my own good and that I’ll just go and spend it on [...]