From Dick Button, “Push Dick’s Button”–Skating Behind the Iron Curtain

Otto and Maria Jelinek had left Prague with their parents, settling in Canada when the Russians took over Czechoslovakia. They were scheduled to compete as members of the Canadian team in the pair skating event [at the 1962 World Figure Skating Championships, held in Prague]. According to Czechoslovakian law, every male citizen was required to serve in the army, and any male who had fled the country was still considered to be a citizen and subject to army subscription, and in their view this … [Read more...]

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Three Long-Term Projects: Amends/Forgiveness, Humiliation, Friendship & Homosexuality

aka my to-do list, am I right?Anyway, this is a request for help with three possible long-term projects. Email me at eve_tushnet@yahoo.com if you have any thoughts.1. What are the best novels you've read with depictions of attempts to make amends, or attempts to extend forgiveness? I'm looking for everything--botched attempts, ill-conceived attempts, gritted-teeth attempts, attempts that succeed beyond the penitent's wildest dreams, attempts whose success only creates new problems, etc … [Read more...]

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Prison Photos and Pepper Spray in Schools: Five Links from a Criminal Justice System

"Photos of 1960s US Prison System Attempt to Show that Inmates Are Us": Lyon's images are an echo of an earlier time, a time when uniforms were white and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was doing time. But the photos also serve as a dark omen, of a prison-industrial complex that would only grow more hungry, more unjust, more powerful. "The prison changed me a lot, and not in the way I could have predicted," Lyon said. "There is an expression about dope, 'Once the needle goes in, it never comes … [Read more...]

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Five Links from a Criminal Justice System: Meeting Your Kidnappers, Keeping Mothers Out of Prison, Putting Cops in Schools, And Gullah Amends

Most of these links have a theme of "aftermath," I guess."What Happened After My Kidnapping":Hello, my name is Brad Pearson. In March 2006, you were one of three people who kidnapped me in West Philadelphia.I’m writing this letter not because I’m angry at you, or upset, or hurt. The opposite, actually. While the kidnapping and investigation were difficult for me, in the end they made me a stronger man.I’m a magazine writer now, and I’ve always hoped to talk to you and Jerry and Mo … [Read more...]

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Five Links from a Criminal Justice System

These are fairly random, a grab-bag of the things that caught my attention from the huge heap of powerful writing on cops, prisons etc being done today. So I urge you all to follow PrisonCulture and the Marshall Project on twitter. After this post I'll only post links I'm pretty sure I didn't find through them. Okay, let's go. The theme for this post is, "Like love, original sin and structural racism will find a way," or, Things That Aren't Solutions."Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can't Afford This … [Read more...]

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Kitchen Adventures: Fall Omelet

Today's lunch.Ingredients: butter, two eggs, splash of milk, maybe a quarter of a large Honeycrisp apple, most of a jalapeno, some shredded cheddar cheese, black pepper, a bit of salt.What I did: Diced the apple and jalapeno. Stirred the milk into the eggs with a fork until it was all basically one color. Added apple and jalapeno and stirred them in. Melted butter in a small nonstick pan. Poured egg mixture into pan. Let it sit on what I'm gonna call medium heat but was probably fairly … [Read more...]

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Five Links from a Criminal Justice System

I'm gonna do this so it gets progressively cheerier as it goes on. The last link is about oppressed people on a party ship prison ship into awesome koalaland exile so uh this subject only gets so cheery. But it's a terrific link, you should scroll."Man Jailed for Traffic Ticket Dies in Cell After 17 Days of Torture. Guards Watched It Happen": It was a death sentence.David Stojcevski, a 32-year-old resident of Roseville, Michigan, was arrested for failing to pay a $772 fine stemming from … [Read more...]

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