Piri Thomas: September 30, 1928 – October 17, 2011

  Rest in peace Piri Thomas, one of my favorite Latino writers. His memoir Down These Mean Streets is a timeless classic. I met him once at an event honoring him at my mentor’s home in Greenwich Village. Mr. Thomas was accessible, eager to bond with the next generation of djalis, and totally¬†unpretentious: a national treasure who possessed the kind …