A Place on the Corner Elijah Anderson Excerpt From the Book

This book is interesting.  It is a sociological study of street life at “Jelly’s” which is a bar and liquor shop.    Anderson when he was a college student spent time with and observing the men of Jelly’s.   He broke them down into 3 groups: “The Regulars” “The Wineheads” and “The Hoodlums”

I recommend the book if you want to read someone trying to understand the life and psychology of men “of the street” as well as men who are in the “inner city” of America and who are men who are kind of on the fringe of society in a means of lower middle class to lower class.  There are also “hustlers” and some beggars.  The books is really really fascinating.

Here is just one example with an excerpt from the book:

Around Jelly’s, Oscar often expresses his desire for “big money.”  He is usually hatching some scheme to get “some quick money” with a friend from the corner.  Sometimes he will whisper to one person about his designs on another.  He might say, “Psst.  Hey, Eli.  Watch this.  Hey Sam, lemme hold a dollar till payday?”  If Sam, a friend of his, will “loan” Oscar the money, Oscar will then wink or hunch another person, to communicate how “smooth” and “slick” he is.  With money in his pocket already, Oscar feels he has “beat” the person making the loan.

Another except still in regards to “Oscar” :

Like other hoodlums around Jelly’s, Oscar lives and actively participates in what might be described as the subculture of violence of the ghetto streets.  He is commonly armed with his .38 caliber pistol, which he occasionally flashes.  He expects others to be “carryin’ somethin’ ” .     Frequently he may be seen standing with his hands dug into his pants pockets, as though he were ready to come “up with somethin’ ” at any moment should the need arise.  He says this posture will “make anybody think twice before they try to do somethin’ to you.”  He refers to his weapon as “my li’l equalizers that keep me alive” and that allow him to make his rounds.  Among group members he is known as someone who can “really go,” meaning he is considered a good street fighter and will not hesitate to fight.  Oscar has fought often and has threatened to cut people around Jelly’s.  Although I have never seen him do it, some say he has drawn his pistol on others around the corner more than once.

 

Those are just a couple of excerpts from the book.  It depicts men who are living their life socially by hanging out at the liquor store and bar.

This information came from the book which I had to special order from my local library.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT, stay fluffy

Winning Ugly (Brad Gilbert)

Brad Gilbert is an expert coach.  He has coached Andre Agassi.  He has coached Andy Roddick.  And he has coached Andy Murray.  He has the knowledge and he has the experience.

When it comes to tennis strategy, Brad is the King.  He is able to take tennis and boil it down to its most basic elements.

The key to success within the game is to play your strength to your opponent’s weakness.  For some, that may be taking the Big Forehand (you) into the weak backhand (your opponent).    The whole idea is that one must Use Their Brain on the tennis court.

Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert is an enjoyable read.  Brad is good at making things simple.  Maybe he will write something like “This guy was playing great tennis and I knew he could be a tough competitor.”   He would then follow that up by saying “He is just another guy trying to take money out of my kids college fund.”

Brad is cunning too.   One time on television they asked Brad what he told Andre Agassi to get his service toss up higher and Brad said “Toss the Salad!”

When it comes to tennis analysis and match tactics, Brad is a genius.

The critique many people have of him is that he talks too much.  He is basically just non-stop talking.  The man has got many thoughts.

I have read his book and Winning Ugly had a HUGE positive impact on my tennis game.  The tactics allowed me to start winning more often and playing smarter tennis.

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(Andre Agassi and Brad Gilbert)

 

Also, Brad gives a talk at Google.  You can look it up on Google.  “Brad Gilbert Winning Ugly at Google.”

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