The Saint of Linden Boulevard

by

04/19/2022

Neighborhood: Queens

***

Editor’s note: This is a true story. It happened in 1995. The protagonist lived in St. Albans. The church where he worshipped was in South Jamaica.

M. A. Istvan Jr. was raised in Beacon, New York, in the 80s and 90s where, in addition to the soft bigotry of lowered expectations, a decades-deep tide of negative stereotypes about his family normalized children with his last name being placed into special education by default (only to graduate into special targets for the law, barely after they reached double digits). Read more about his story at: https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/m_a_istvan_jr_phd

Comments
Rate Story
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

§ 2 Responses to “The Saint of Linden Boulevard”

  • Michael I says:

    Great poem about how one guy thinks he is a worshipper fraud by pretending to pass out by the Holy Ghost.

  • Aaliyah says:

    A scene painted well and felt deeply by this post-Black-Christian black sheep

§ Leave a Reply

Other Stories You May Like

Nearby Queens Stories

A Fan’s Statistics

by

JB McGeever offers his perspective as a high school teacher in Jamaica, Queens.

Requiem for William A. Shea Municipal Stadium

by

Some call Shea Stadium a shithole, but even a shithole may reserve a requiem.

Mrs. Graham, the White Ghost

by

As a teenager, I lived with my dysfunctional family in a modest but comfortable apartment in Beechurst, Queens. One Saturday [...]

The Cemetery Exercist 

by

A cemetery was never a place I imagined myself doing squats. But in late March, when New York City shut [...]

Seeing Socrates

by

A stroll down a gloomy, overcast, trash-strewn memory lane