Mar. 12th, 2012

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London Blend: Department Of Coffee And Social Affairs
11 Literary Friendships We Can Learn From
Meanwhile Project: Brilliant and exciting recession!plan
The Wise Owl Venue, a budding project associated with the aforementioned scheme
The Caging of America: Why do we lock up so many people? (Both very interesting and, I think, could go further--I think he does that falst left/right equivalence that's popular and seems so *nice* and *bipartisan*, you know?, but is actually utter bullshit)

"For most privileged, professional people, the experience of confinement is a mere brush, encountered after a kid’s arrest, say. For a great many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school and college do for rich white ones. More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives. Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then. Over all, there are now more people under “correctional supervision” in America—more than six million—than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height. That city of the confined and the controlled, Lockuptown, is now the second largest in the United States."

"Though we avoid looking directly at prisons, they seep obliquely into our fashions and manners. Wealthy white teen-agers in baggy jeans and laceless shoes and multiple tattoos show, unconsciously, the reality of incarceration that acts as a hidden foundation for the country."

"The inhumanity of American prisons was as much a theme for Dickens, visiting America in 1842, as the cynicism of American lawyers. His shock when he saw the Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia—a “model” prison, at the time the most expensive public building ever constructed in the country, where every prisoner was kept in silent, separate confinement—still resonates:

'I believe that very few men are capable of estimating the immense amount of torture and agony which this dreadful punishment, prolonged for years, inflicts upon the sufferers. . . . I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body: and because its ghastly signs and tokens are not so palpable to the eye and sense of touch as scars upon the flesh; because its wounds are not upon the surface, and it extorts few cries that human ears can hear; therefore I the more denounce it, as a secret punishment which slumbering humanity is not roused up to stay.'"

"Northern impersonality and Southern revenge converge on a common American theme: a growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies. The companies are paid by the state, and their profit depends on spending as little as possible on the prisoners and the prisons. It’s hard to imagine any greater disconnect between public good and private profit: the interest of private prisons lies not in the obvious social good of having the minimum necessary number of inmates but in having as many as possible, housed as cheaply as possible."

15 Most Famous Cafes in the Literary World "St. Petersburg's Literary Cafe... is said to be the last cafe that poet Alexander Pushkin visited before dying in a duel." GOD PUSHKIN IS HARD.
Out of the Hitler Time: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: By Judith Kerr, dramatised by Beaty Rubens.
Stocking porn.
Cafe with public access LASERS!!
Writing about Sex Roles: A Book by Clarisse Thorn
‘Hipster-Ass Hipster Bike for Hipsters’ Promises You a Wild Ride
Suzzallo Library
Is the Bestselling ‘Mommy Porn’ Book Worth the Hype?: Twilight fic w/ serial numbers filed off from apparently 'ebook sensation'. Feelings: Mixed.
Dark Light and Constant Change: Kinda pretentious article about photographer


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