As I have progressed throughout the novel, I have witnessed the different perspectives of a few people who are all connected to each other. Of all of them, Buzzworm seems to be the most aware of people’s perspectives, not necessarily the main characters of the book, but of the poor and neglected people in his community.
In chapter 16, we see a focus on Buzzworm and what kinds of music and radio stations he listens to over his Walkman. While this seemed to me like a quirk within the first few chapters of the book, I have come to recognize the greater significance of his “background noise”. He explains why it is important for him, and for other people, to listen to other types of music than just Hip hop and rap, and to expand to other genres like jazz. He says that it is important for people to “get behind another man’s perspective”, and hear other “sound zones” and rhythms. He relates this with learning as much as you can about other people and their culture, or essentially other people’s perspectives. This is important to the book, and to the whole exploration of impoverished persons in the novel, because Buzzworm seems to be one of the only people who sees the poor as people, because he knows them personally and how their lifestyles and the place they grew up has affected them.
From Buzzworm’s perspective, everyone who lives in the area is a person, and a good person, even if they have made mistakes time and again. He tries to help a certain kid, who he calls little homey, who is in a gang and gets shot at, and tries to turn him on to the idea that he should try to live and be alive to Buzzworm’s age, and to not just throw his life away. The kid does try to take Buzzworm’s advice, and get out of his gang, but gets beat up for it, and goes to the hospital with the doctors saying it was a drug overdose. The same day, Buzzworm’s friend Margarita dies of a supposed overdose, while Buzzworm can not understand this because Margarita was never a user, as far as he was concerned. This significantly represents, in Buzzworm’s world and society today, how these people from the streets are almost in a way written off, whether it be because of using drugs or something else, because of where they are from and what people think they know about the area. It’s messed up to think about, but Buzzworm’s point about “getting yourself an education” and learning other people’s perspectives seems like it would do a world of good in the world, because then people could see the other side of things and lead to better understandings.