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January 08, 2014

Teaching The Odyssey at San Quentin

"The theme of the course was life as a story, and at the first class, I asked them to tell a story from their own lives. A few declined; most spoke. One recalled his boyhood in Cambodia, the day he saw a river filled with floating corpses, victims of the Khmer Rouge. One had been unable to say goodbye to his terminally ill mother because he was in prison. A black man from Arkansas had seen his cousin murdered by white supremacists. One shot a man in a drug dispute. Another had grown up as a neighborhood protector and admired the way Odysseus 'took care of business,' saving his crew from the Cyclopes and killing the suitors."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 8, 2014 08:27 AM