Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Soloist

Steve Lopez works for the LA Times. He is in search for subject matter for another column when he happens to drive by a man playing a violin with only 2 strings and he sounds pretty good. Steve also notices he is hauling all his belongings around in a shopping cart and is, apparently, homeless. Mr. Lopez thinks it might lead to a story so he stops and talks to Nathaniel. It takes many visits as Nathaniel is skittish talking to a stranger but, eventually, Mr. Lopez finds out that Nathaniel has attended Julliard School for Performing Arts with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma. Nathaniel's life at school falls apart when he is diagnosed as schizophrenic. He eventually ends up living on Skid Row. This book is about Mr. Lopez's interest in Nathaniel and his effort to get him back on track, off the street and in a more healthy environment. It isn't easy. Nathaniel balks at taking medication or seeing doctors. One moment he seems normal and the next he is off on an angry schizophrenic tirade. Its a great book and a movie is scheduled for release in November.

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