Daydreams and Nightmares: Reflections on a Harlem Childhood

Irving Louis Horowitz, Author
Irving Louis Horowitz, Author University Press of Mississippi $20 (104p) ISBN 978-0-87805-428-2
Reviewed on: 03/31/1990
Release date: 04/01/1990
In this distinctive, unromanticized look at the immigrant experience and cultural assimilation, Rutgers sociology professor Horowitz, son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, writes of ``growing up absurd in the streets of Black Harlem'' during the 1930s. Though relations between blacks and Jews were tense, the author emulated blacks' ``wild individualism''; he regularly visited the Apollo theater, where he saw Duke Ellington and Count Basie perform. The streets taught survival: numbers-running and ticket-scalping were a source of cash for Horowitz; turf wars and muggings were commonplace. The family, headed by a tyrannical father who beat the author and his sister, eventually moved out of Harlem, first to Brooklyn, then the Bronx. Photos. (May)
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