Ron Silliman (
Fri, 6 Sep 1996 15:53:43 -0400

One book that certainly changed my life (in that it led reasonably
directly to my becoming involved in the prison movement fulltime for
five years) was George Jackson's Soledad Brother. Last time I looked I
recall realizing that it was superbly written and that it aged very
well indeed.

There was a lot of prison literature floating around, esp. at the end
of the decade and the first few years of the 1970s. Sam Melville's
letters from Attica and an anthology edited by Eve Pell (the name of
which I forget) both made an impact as well. I knew Jessica Mitford
slightly and her Kind and Usual Punishment reached a broad base of
readers whom otherwise might not have paid heed, but by then I was so
immersed in the life that a perspective like hers, very much from the
outside at the 10,000 foot level, didn't reach me.

Is anybody out there teaching courses on the literature of

Ron Silliman