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The Idylls of Prison, and Other News

March 4, 2014 | by


Alyse Emdur, Anonymous Backdrop Painted in State Correctional Facility, Otisville, New York. Image via Beautiful Decay.

  • Who owns the moon? It could be you! (It’s probably not you.)
  • The National Enquirer’s sixties covers show how the language of scandal has evolved—what used to pass as odious is now just sort of quaint. “I’M A SLOB. I Burp & Slurp in Public,” says one headline. The horror.
  • Brian Eno has chosen twenty essential books for saving civilization; I’ve read zero of them.
  • “I thought at the time it was really bad luck to survive. I really wanted to die with them.” An interview with a kamikaze pilot.
  • The surreal world of prison portraiture: “visitation rooms of penitentiaries have backdrops where friends and family can get pictures taken of/with the inmate … Often, these backgrounds are idyllic landscapes that offer the inmate a moment to emotionally escape their sentence.”




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  1. February Vok | March 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I miss Sadie O. Stein….

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  1. […] **You can find Eno’s list in Popova’s post (linked in the first paragraph). I’d be curious to know how many of these books you’ve read. I’m not the only person who hasn’t read any of them. […]

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