And here's all I'll say about this, when I wrote the non-fiction piece for Granta, it was just that, Non-Fiction. Me and an officer of the law, who happens to be a part of a gang task force division in and around southern Indiana. Meaning I interviewed him over the course of weeks, had conversations with him and wrote down his opinions along with newspaper articles we'd discussed. And htere was the refrence to shoes on a powerline and I went with what the police officer told me, however it can hold several meanings, read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_tossing
Somehow people overlook the point that this was a man speaking through me. Not to mention the area I was writing about was going through a major downturn, a rebuilding phase because the area was rundown. Basically landlords didn't want possible renters googling their rental areas and coming across my article. Of course no one living around that area wanted it either. But there will always be someone who takes things out of context to create their own agenda.