Anyway, you might be interested in checking out this Studs Terkel book Hope Dies Last before you go drinking with said bestie. This book of Studs is a series of profiles on people who have not lost hope and the first “Chapter” of Part One of the book is a personal essay by Kucinich. I tried to scan it and send it as an attachment with this email but ran into tech difficulties that confound us Luddities. So here is the link to it in googlebooks
The Kucinich piece survives intact in the preview and is pp. 13-20.
A link to a documentary to be watched