Finding The Words For Faith

Meet America’s Most Important Christian Writer By Matthew Sitman Sept 3, 2014 There is one particular passage from Christian Wiman’s latest volume of poetry, Every Riven Thing, that remains lodged in my consciousness, lines I go back to again and again: “I do not know how to come closer to God / except by standing … Continue reading Finding The Words For Faith

Time Enough At Last

Still haven’t gotten around to reading Ulysses or In Search of Lost Time? For the literary-minded Daniel Genis, a 10-year stint on Riker’s Island helped: Aside from consuming The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic (“not the easiest magazines to give away in prison”) nose to tail, Genis lavished the bulk of his attention on serious fiction, especially the … Continue reading Time Enough At Last

The Slow And Agonizing Death Of Clayton Lockett, Ctd

As the rest of the Western world recoils in horror, Andrew Cohen sees the botched execution as a turning point: This has exposed yet another instance where the “machinery of death,” to use Justice Harry Blackmun’s immortal phrase, is incapable of running with the sort of precision necessary to work a capital regime. What happened [Tuesday] night to Clayton Lockett … Continue reading The Slow And Agonizing Death Of Clayton Lockett, Ctd

Prison Has Replaced Psychiatric Hospitals

Stephanie Mencimer passes along some depressing statistics: According to a new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), a nonprofit advocacy organization, the United States has fully returned to the 18th-century model of incarcerating the mentally ill in correctional institutions rather than treating them in health care facilities like any other sick people. In 2012, there were roughly 356,268 inmates … Continue reading Prison Has Replaced Psychiatric Hospitals

Ask Shane Bauer Anything: Iran’s Other Inmates

In the latest video from Shane, he discusses some of the prisoners, including a member of al-Qaeda, he came to know while behind bars in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison: In a followup, he offers his take on the meaning of Rouhani’s election last year: Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist and photographer who was one of the three American hikers imprisoned in Iran … Continue reading Ask Shane Bauer Anything: Iran’s Other Inmates

Ask Shane Bauer Anything: The Guantanamo Effect

by Chas Danner In another video from the former hostage, he notes how both he and his Iranian jailers would try to cite Guantanamo to their advantage: He goes on to try and explain the bizarre and twisted relationship he had with his interrogators, who tried to behave as both enemy and friend: Shane Bauer … Continue reading Ask Shane Bauer Anything: The Guantanamo Effect

Ask Shane Bauer Anything: Inflexible Isolation

By Chas Danner In our next video from Shane, who spent four months in solitary confinement while imprisoned in Iran, he shares what most shocked him when he subsequently investigated solitary here in America: Bauer goes on to explain how reforming the way American prisons use solitary confinement starts with treating it as a temporary, … Continue reading Ask Shane Bauer Anything: Inflexible Isolation

Ask Shane Bauer Anything: An Ill-Advised Hike

By Chas Danner When considering Iran’s imprisonment of American hikers Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal, many (including Dish readers) have insisted that the trio shares responsibility for their fate by electing to travel near Iraq’s border with Iran in the first place. In today’s video from Bauer, he defends their choice to vacation in Iraqi … Continue reading Ask Shane Bauer Anything: An Ill-Advised Hike

Ask Shane Bauer Anything

[Updated with reader-submitted questions that you can vote on below] Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist and photographer who was one of the three American hikers imprisoned in Iran after being captured on the Iraqi border in 2009. He spent 26 months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, four of them in solitary confinement. Following his release, he … Continue reading Ask Shane Bauer Anything

Ask Shane Bauer Anything

So proud of my wife @SShourd for talking about being a rape survivor in prison in this @marieclaire interview: http://t.co/u7YhstgdBl — Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) February 22, 2014 Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist and photographer who was one of the three American hikers imprisoned in Iran after being captured on the Iraqi border in 2009. … Continue reading Ask Shane Bauer Anything