Category Archives: Prison Review

Trick Quotient

Trick Quotient

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Are you afraid of small, independent publishers? Would you like to support them but can’t afford to toss $15-$20 into the black hole of a possibly bad book? I don’t blame you. Blurbs are meaningless, reviews largely a crock. The safer bet is almost always the big publishers. They get on a formulaic run, andmore

Gassed

Gassed

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Prior to last week, my only experience with tear gas occurred when I was in high school. Last week, the E.R.T. extracted a man from his cell on I-2more

Shifting Ground, Falling Floor

Shifting Ground, Falling Floor

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“Though I would be loathe to admit it, part of the joy of reading for me is knowing things are already decided. Nothing dangerous or unexpected—as opposed to reality—is going to happenmore

Not a Kangaroo Anywhere

Not a Kangaroo Anywhere

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Prisons make for great bird sanctuaries. There are so many bars over the windows, and corners of the windows, that no one is going to clean out the nests.more

The Book of Duels

The Book of Duels

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Books like this are the reason small publishers exist. It is so quirky and weird, so frighteningly accomplished and esoteric as to scare away a big publisher concerned only with the bottom linemore

How to Get Drunk in Prison

How to Get Drunk in Prison

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What do people drink in prison? Anything that ferments is the short answer—and almost everything ferments eventuallymore

Nimble is Better

Nimble is Better

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“Everything published posthumously should come with a disclaimer: The author didn’t publish this when he/she was alive—they didn’t like it that muchmore

Awakening to Not-Knowing

Awakening to Not-Knowing

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“If you ever come across a phone number in a book that isn’t 555-something, call it. You never know who might be on the other end.more

The Overrated and the Marginalized

The Overrated and the Marginalized

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“It is not a dubious honor to be read by housewives. What is a dubious honor is to appear on bestseller listsmore

Snafus and Expectations

Snafus and Expectations

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“Speaking of snafus: it was recently announced that the Bic safety razors inmates use to shave would be outlawedmore