Wrecking Crew: the Really Bad News Griffith Park Pirates, by John Albert.
'No Future' was a rallying cry for many Punk-era youth in the 1980's, but over time it's proved to be an iffy choice as a mission statement. Many counterculture kids find themselves years later with little to show for their commitment to the hardcore beyond an armful of tattoos and a resume of treatment at various addiction programs.
Recovering addict and California punk pioneer John Albert found redemption in Rec League baseball. Despite a tendency towards self-isolation and 'anti-'-ism he discovered a subversive satisfaction in participating in something so relentlessly wholesome as a game of summer ball. His teammates have similar mongrel pedigrees and hard luck stories, but the warmth of his fondness for them is antiseptic as sunlight. Good book, I really liked this one.
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