“The Soloist” and the Vexing Issue of Treating the Homeless Mentally Ill The most heartbreaking part of “The Soloist” is not that Nathaniel Ayers’ tremendous talent as a musician has been subsumed by his schizophrenia. It is not that he has former teachers, peers and family members who love and miss him. Particularly touching is his former teacher Harry Barnoff, who had spent nearly 50 years as a bassist with the Cleveland Symphony, one of the best orchestras in the world. He began to weep when L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez contacts him to let him know that Nathaniel is still alive. “You have got to tell him how much I think of him” (Lopez, 2008, p. 17). What is the most heartbreaking aspect of “The Soloist” is the thorough frustration...The end:
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