Category Archives: Prison Review

The End of October

The End of October

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“It’s kind of like walking from the warmth of indoors to the outside in the middle of winter when the wind-chill is well below zero. It sucks the air out of youmore

From Where the Rage Comes

From Where the Rage Comes

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“I never fail to be entertained by why people do the things they do—though sometimes, I’m beginning to learn, the more you know, the less it mattersmore

A Shower Hotly

A Shower Hotly

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“It’s funny to hear these men, who talk so tough about the lives they led out there, and then hear them moan about the temperature of the watermore

A Prison Happy Ending

A Prison Happy Ending

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“I will venture to say that 90% of prisoners have something good in them. That is probably a percentage on par with everyone in the world.more

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