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Orange is the new black: lessons from a women's prison
07/09/2012

I just finished reading Piper Kerman's amazing memoir: Orange is the new black: My year in a women's prison. The book is a nail-biter, putting you through the oppression, monotony and tragic stupidity of the Bureau of Prisons, countered by the countless tiny kindnesses and heart-breaking sisterhood of the women Kerman befriends behind bars.  They--and the family and friends who suffer Kerman's sentence with her vicariously in the "free world"--are what pull Kerman through.

Towards the end, Kerman realizes that, though she'd ostensibly been raised Episcopalian, she was also schooled in stoicism, "the Greco-Roman answer to Zen."  She quotes Bertrand Russell's description of stoicism, as follows:



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