Friday, April 24, 2009

The Soloist

The story is incredible. A piece of urban folklore that is really quite true.

As a college freshman at Ohio University, Nathaniel Ayers auditioned for the Juilliard School and was granted a scholarship which facilitated his study there for three years. So, what led the LA Times columnist Steven Lopez to discover this musical prodigy, living with paranoid schizophrenia, homeless on LA's Skid Row? Their story has now become a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The Soloist opens today and I encourage all of you to see it.

For some backstory, here is a 60 Minutes story about Mr. Ayers and Mr. Lopez.


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