Fiction. 27 writers and poets tell about America's original urban bohemia. This collective diary is a gathering of voices from the last half of this century. Their world is a community of stark difference, the poor of a dozen peoples with their expressions modulated to an urban pitch of passionate exaggeration. It is a zone of excess, and now a neighborhood awash in drugs. It is a place of the deadend, the death's head its fashion emblem, tempting many curious to a sensual and swarming doom.