* The author introduces the suburban community of Brownsville, outside New York City, where he grew up in.
* The author describes the feelings associated with the buildings he used to visit.
* As a child, he had feelings for a girl named Deborah that were based on a heroine from the Old Testament.
* The author describes his experience in a school that felt like a fortress and didn't feel like it was meant for education but for character shaping.
* He felt abandoned by the world because he dropped his sandwich in the street after class.
* The author connects experiences of sexuality in his school with the feeling of being continually graded.
* Recalling memories helps the author gain an understanding that the obstacles and experiences of his poor, Jewish youth influence his passion to overcome his "identity" as a Jew and an...
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