Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.

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FIRST EDITION, 1993

Copyright © 1993 by Luis J. Rodríguez

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Cover design by Stone Graphics Printed in the U.S. by BookCrafters

Curbstone Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization whose operations are supported in part by private donations and by grants from the ADCO Foundation, the Bissell Foundation, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Literary Publishers Marketing Development Program, administered by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Plumsock Fund.

Some of the material in this book has appeared as poetry and prose in Poems Across The Pavement ( 1989, Tía Chucha Press, Chicago), The Concrete River ( 1991, Curbstone Press, Connecticut), and in the following publications (often in versions different than contained here): Puerto del Sol, Cambio, TriQuarterly, The Chicago Review, 201: Homenaje A La Ciudad De Los Angeles (anthology by the LA Latino Writers Association), Left Curve, Milestones, Obras, ChismeArte, El Grito, and When I Was A Child (anthology published by the Children's Literature Association). Parts of the preface and epilogue originally appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Centro De Estudios Puertorriqueños Bulletin, and The National Catholic Reporter. The author wishes to thank the Illinois Arts Council for their support with an Artists Fellowship Award.

The epigram in Chapter Eight comes from "Tin Tan Tan," a story in Woman Hollering Creek, copyright © 1991 Sandra Cisneros. Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc. Originally published in hard cover by Random House, Inc., New York in 1991. Reprinted by permission of Susan Bergholz Literary Services, New York.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954-

Always running: la vida loca, gang days in L.A. / by Luis J. Rodriguez. -- 1st ed.

p. cm.
ISBN 1-880684-06-3: $19.95

1. Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954- . 2. Gangs--California--Los Angeles--Biography. 3. Mexican American youth--California--Los Angeles--Biography. 1. Title. HV6439.U7L77 1993 364.1'092--dc20 [B] 92-39002

distributed in the U.S. by INBOOK Box 120261, East Haven, CT 06512

published by CURBSTONE PRESS 321 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface 3
  • Chapter One 13
  • Chapter Two 35
  • Chapter Three 55
  • Chapter Four 80
  • Chapter Five 108
  • Chapter Six 132
  • Chapter Seven 160
  • Chapter Eight 189
  • Chapter Nine 210
  • Chapter Ten 235
  • Epilogue 247
  • Glossary 253
  • Other Latino Titles Available from Curbstone Press 263
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