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on October 27, 2007
fuzz one's a bronx childhood was an interesting book to read. there were moments when i found myself totally absorbed. the book at times can be humorous although not necessarily funny. if i did find myself laughing it was because i could not believe how similar my life was to his. i too came of age in the 70's and shared the same propensity for "mischief" as fuzz. reading this book really brought back memories of all the weirdos and misfits that i, and no doubt anyone that has spent more than five minutes involved in graffiti were likely to meet. the stoners, getovers, crazed war vets, all night park zombies, mobsters, bimbos, and of couse the "writers" themselves, the toys and the legends. life for me in bensonhurst brooklyn like fuzz's beloved bronx was similar to a three ring circus. like fuzz i lived with my mom, a single parent who absolutely hated the graff scene. i was frisked and patted down whenever i tried to leave the house. parental beat-downs were a regular occurence and a hated ritual. the hallway in my buiding was so "bombed" you would never guess there was a mailbox there, and of course i denied having anything to do with it. i found myself relating to a lot of what fuzz was writing about but in a weird disconnected way, as if i were relating thirty years ago. some reviewers doubted the validity of fuzz's adventures but i dont doubt it at all. i wasnt nearly as prolific as this guy was and i have countless stories similar to what youll find in this book. if the guy rememebers exactly what he had for breakfast that morning and dinner that night, its probably because he kept a diary. besides what writer doesnt create and then believe his own hype? the thing i did not like about the book was the way it abruptly ended. you get the life story till 1979 and thats pretty much it. when i reached the end of the story i wanted to know what happened to this guy after that because it seemed that fuzz was headed toward a very uncertain future. i have read other graff books where the "writer" at some point seems to have a degree of life success. fuzz's whole career seems to be of mis-steps and calamity. he constantly gets hurt, gets beatings, gets taken advantage of and he repeats it all again! the only thing you know for sure is he wrote the book. other things i did not care for was the constant reference to bodily functions. once was more than enough and after a while i started thinking oh god not this again. although i never met fuzz i do remember seeing his handy work. i thought at the time any name with a z sounded cool and he had two z's. some of the photos in the book as other reviewers have pointed out are a little on the "fuzzy" side. the book itself is hardcover with good paper quality. three stars for leaving me hanging fuzz.
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