“Resurrection of a Life,” in John Updike, ed., The Best American Short Stories of the Century, expanded ed.

Saroyan, William

Houghton Mifflin, 1999

pp, 159-60

Here’s William Saroyan’s ten-year-old self, a newspaper boy: “He used to go through the city like an alley cat, prowling all over the place, into saloons, upstairs into whore houses, into gambling joints . . .seeing and smelling, talking, shouting about the big news, inhaling and exhaling, blood moving to the rhythm of the sea, coming and going . . .the boy in the city, walking through it like an alley cat.”