By Alex Abramovich

The strong account of 1 writer's not likely friendship together with his adolescence bully, now the president of a motorbike membership in a single of America's most threatening cities.

Once upon a time, Alex Abramovich and Trevor Latham have been mortal enemies: miniature outlaws in an extended Island hassle-free institution, ceaselessly at each one other's throats. Then they misplaced tune of one another. many years later, after they met back, Abramovich used to be a author and Latham had develop into President of the East Bay Rats, a motorbike membership in Oakland.

In 2010, Abramovich moved to California to immerse himself in Latham's global - one in every of struggle golf equipment, booze-filled nights, and beat-downs at the city's streets. yet risky, dysfunctional Oakland was once additionally turning into certainly one of America's such a lot swiftly gentrifying towns, and the questions Abramovich had arrived with have been thrown into brutal reduction: How can we dwell with the load of violence? How can we triumph over it? Do we triumph over it?

As Trevor, the Rats, and the town they dwell in careen among crises and moments of renaissance, Abramovich explores problems with friendship, relatives, heritage, and future - and appears at what occurs whilst these issues fail. Bullies is without delay a vibrant, visceral narrative of an strange friendship and an incisive portrait of an attractive, poor urban.

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Willie Nelson happened to be one of the guests. I didn’t grow up listening to country music, although I owned one Willie Nelson record. By the end of the evening, I was a huge fan. Willie was playing the classic songs “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Crazy,” and I would try to play along. His guitar playing and lyrics were mesmerizing. I couldn’t believe this was the guy who wrote these songs. The guitar was passed around the room and other singers sang Hank Williams tunes or ones they had recently written.

He’s a great guy and an old friend. I’ll see him tomorrow night in Helotes, Texas, at our show at John T. Floore Country Store. John T’s is one of the better beer joints in Texas. John T. Floore was a really good friend of mine and loaned me money one time when I really needed it. I wrote a song about him: SHOTGUN WILLIE Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Well, you can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t play music if you don’t know nothing to play Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Now, John T.

God said It’s a sign of the times I said. IN GOD'S EYES Never think evil thoughts of anyone It’s just as wrong to think as to say For a thought is but a word that’s unspoken In God’s eyes He sees it this way Lend a hand if you can to a stranger Never worry if he can’t repay For in time you’ll be repaid ten times over In God’s eyes He sees it this way In God’s eyes we’re like sheep in a meadow Now and then a lamb goes astray But open arms should await its returning In God’s eyes He sees it this way Thought for the Day: Sometimes I think, Well .

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