Jean was by for the first time in several years. She is an NYU grad and homeless. Many of us have tried to assist her, but she is angry and groups that could arrange housing for her are thereby cut off in their efforts. For quite some time she ordered magazines for me — just about everything published with slips in magazines for sign up. She apparently drove one of the Catholic priest residences in Brooklyn bats by buzzing and demanding food at 3 a.m. frequently. I think she spent some time in jail for harassment. I had spoken with them and others she harassed who tried to help her and eventually gave up, too.

Yesterday she asked me to come down and talk with her. I declined. What she wanted, I assume, was some money, but if one gives it to her, she puts one on her route and returns frequently — others have told me. She has some family living in Harlem that can assist her — or at least did.

I don’t know what one can do with people so in need. I feel guilty rejecting her, but I am not in shape to cope with her face to face anymore.

I am amazed that she has survived so long. At one point someone beat her up badly.

Should we have some way to institutionalize such people? I don’t know. She seems to get by with her life on the streets.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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