Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration
I began what would become Marking Time by displaying photos of incarcerated relatives around my apartment, partly as an attempt to work through my own discomfort with the pictures of them in prison, and to bring their presence into my daily life.
April 28, 2020
The Murderer, the Writer, the Reckoning
At Jack Abbott’s trial, Norman Mailer pleaded with the press. “At least let Abbott become a writer.” Then he said, “a democracy involves taking risks.” Reading this made me feel envious, and a bit confused. Wasn’t the idea to reaffirm literature itself, in Mailer’s words, “as a human expression that will survive all obstacles”?
July 9, 2019
America’s Growing Gender Jail Gap
In the course of recent efforts to dismantle mass incarceration, a glaring fact has become clear: while today far fewer men are going to jail than before, the number of women getting incarcerated has stayed stubbornly high. And as a proportion of the US prison population, women are increasing.
May 7, 2019