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.
It’s 1957, and the three of us, Jacky,Vinnie from 19th Street, and me, are doing this Brooklyn strut sort of a walk down Eastern Parkway. Vinnie is a thief. He will steal anything he can get his hands on, doesn’t matter who owns it. That’s just the way he is. But there’s something cool and […]
A group of Asian teenage boys with shaved heads slows down in front of me. It is around 7 pm, not yet dusk, not really day, and we’re passing by a series of low brick row houses with bar-covered windows on 73rd Street in Jackson Heights. The boys look kind of tough, but they are polite as […]
In a school full of hard cases, Theresa Fulife was the hardest. She looked like the oldest kid in the eighth grade because at 16 she was. Her scarred, nearly six-foot muscular frame looked like it had been tattooed by a drunken sailor. Her face resembled the pitted surface of some foreign planet. Her hair […]