My good buddy Dave Gilmartin just published a hilarious new book called "The Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America." Dave is a brilliant mind, yet Dave is also very lazy. For this book, he left most of the work up to friends and associates, who submitted their own quotes for him to use about their least favorite locales in the bad ol' US-of-A. I'm in there four times, but if that isn't enough to tickle your interest, David Gordon Green is also quoted. It's a very funny book. You can buy it here. Or, better yet, walk into an actual bookstore so you can start reading it right away.
I accompanied Dave on a dangerous photo mission last spring when he decided to get off his ass and make his own contribution to the book for once (what a novel concept). We journeyed into the heart of the Baltimore ghetto (ever seen THE WIRE?) on a Sunday morning at 11am, which we figured would be a relatively safe time to visit that part of the world. Yet the sunlight and early time of day did nothing to soften--or safen--the vibe. Somehow, we managed to stop the car long enough to snap this pic, which turned out quite lovely. Mission accomplished, though very barely.
Congratulations to Dave on a job well done. Now go buy the book so you can see if any places from your past made the cut. If you're like me, you'll recognize plenty of names.