©Adrienne Salinger, Amie D.
“I want to be a fashion designer like Donna Karan. I have very expensive tastes, so I need to figure out a way to get money.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Auto C.
“I don’t get attached to people very easily.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Bob T.
“I’ve been working for Comfort Windows for one week. I like my boss a lot.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Carlos C.
“When I was three I had a normal family — mother, father, dog, sister, cat. Then my mother left, and my parents got divorced. I lived with my dad from the age of five until he died. He was a hemophiliac, and he died of AIDS.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Dena D.
“The day before I was to start my freshman year, my mom killed herself.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Jason C.
“A bunch of people get together and reenact the Middle Ages. We have tournaments, battles, and a war. There are kingdoms. We’re in the east kingdom.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Jeff D.
“I get along with my parents pretty good. My dad usually understands stuff because he’s a social worker, but sometimes he tries to act like a social worker too much and he analyzes me.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Jennifer G.
“I dropped out of school because I couldn’t stand the principal there, and he started making all these rules, like if you get caught holding hands with your boyfriend, you get two days of In-School.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Lepora F.
“The best thing that ever happened to me was when I joined the NAACP. I learned how important Africa is, and that black people played an important part in American history and that it wasn’t just the founding forefathers like we learned in school.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Dana L.
“My mom got cancer last year. She was feeling sick, and she went to the doctor. When I got home I knew something had happened.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Gavin
“I always think to myself, I’m destined to end up in jail or a bum, and that’s because of my past. I’m who I am. I always think there’s no way I can change. I haven’t been too responsible with a lot of things. Sometimes the future seems okay, but sometimes I can’t see any future.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Karl B.
“I never took any drugs or drank or smoked or anything like that. I’ve been a vegetarian for four years.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Larry P.
“I plan to go on a two-year mission when I’m nineteen. You devote your whole time to the church by converting people.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Rick V.
“I listen to hard rock and heavy metal. It tells the truth. There’s a lot of hype about it being evil and satanic, but it’s not. My music tells a lot about the world, about drug and alcohol abuse. It tells about war. It’s not about love or anything. Because that’s not how the world really is. There’s a lot of tension in the world. A lot of boundaries.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Donna D.
“I dropped acid only once.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Fred H.
“I grew up in a small town in Michigan, and there were only five black families. It was a lot easier to find out who was racist in Michigan because there were so many of them and so few of us that they’d be open about it.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Krissy P.
“I went with some friends to the Grateful Dead concert in Albany.”
©Adrienne Salinger, Leslie M.
“My house caught fire two years ago. I was drawing in my room and I heard this big bang.”