RARA-AVIS: Edward Bunker article (10/01/00 LA Times)

From: southpaw@altavista.net
Date: 01 Oct 2000

> City of Angels is a misnomer. City of ex-cons
> is more like it. This town has more former convicts
> than anywhere in the country, and novelist Edward
> Bunker is well aware of how integral their
> subculture is to the mainstream that locks more and
> more citizens away each year.
> Retrieving a steam iron from a corner of his
> cell-like converted garage, Bunker begins getting
> himself "bonarooed," the convict's age-old practice
> of giving attitude to prison clothes, declaring that
> you can lock up a man but you can't lock out his
> desire for individuality or incarcerate his spirit.
> Meticulously he spray starches a freshly washed
> short-sleeved shirt and embeds razor-sharp creases
> in his khaki pants.
> "Prison habits die hard," he says.

Full article available at: http://www.latimes.com/news/timesmag/20001001/t000093043.html

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