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This interview with Trevor Slowinski was conducted on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Hudson, New York. Thirteen years old at the time of the interview, Trevor is a student and deep thinker who was born in Phoenicia, New York and moved to Hudson when he entered fourth grade. In this interview, he discusses his experiences of these two places, the people in them, his own sense of himself in the world and his understanding of why things are the way they are. The themes that he touches on include social isolation, anxiety, awkwardness, social “rules” and the struggle to learn or conform to them, ways that family, friends or other figures have touched his experience of coming into his self. He talks about Hudson’s varied economic stratum and its housing stock, with specific reference to State Street and Warren Street, development, drug and police activity on State Street. He also elaborates a wide-ranging world view that explains why inequity exists and persists and how humans organize into societies.
This interview may be of interest to those who want to understand how young people develop narratives of self, where and how isolation and difference emerge in the lives of Hudson residents, high school life in the second decade of the 21st century in Hudson.
Emily Bass is a writer, native New Yorker, parent and advocate focused on social, structural and biological drivers of and interventions in ongoing HIV/AIDS. She is interested in the stories that people tell to make sense of the world around them and in the ways that these stories can create opportunities for connection.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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