Sandra Hess (shess@sirius.com)
Wed, 12 May 1999 09:07:57 -0700 > From: AnonymeInc@webtv.net (Mark Sullivan)

> One thing I've never understood, though, is why Andrew Vachss dedicated
> Shella to Iceberg Slim (along with Doc Pomus). Isn't Slim guilty of
> capitalizing on the by-product of the child abuse Vachss has dedicated
> his life to fighting?

I've only read this one book by Iceberg Slim and nearly everything by Vachss. Slim didn't portray the pimp life as something to strive for. He did a good job of showing why pimps
might be thought of as heros by some kids growing up in the environment in which he was raised. Just as many drug dealers are today. Those that gots the cash...

I can see where Slim and Vachss have a meeting of the minds. Slim's numerous references to his mother's second husband (?), Henry, clearly show how important the stability, sense
of family, love and honor Henry demonstrated was to Slim. Slim says over and over again that there wasn't any way his mother could have known how important Henry was to him, as a
father figure, as someone who represented what being a good parent is all about. It is in those sentiments that Vachss and Slim have much in common because they have both
experienced (Vachss through his clients; Slim personally) the often tragic results of children being abused and/or neglected by their caretakers.


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