Re: RARA-AVIS: Practical tips from hardboiled dicks (jolt)

From: John Williams (
Date: 10 Nov 2000

----- Original Message ----- From: Etienne Borgers <> To: <> Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2000 8:59 AM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Practical tips from hardboiled dicks (jolt)

> --- William Denton <> wrote:
> > On 6 November 2000, Mark Sullivan wrote:
> > : "Never let nobody talk you into shaking another
> > man's jolt."
> >
> > Does that mean some kind of homosexual thing? Ah,
> > AMERICAN UNDERWORLD LINGO defines "jolt" as prison
> > sentence, so maybe it
> > means don't do someone else's jail time, which is
> > pretty sensible advice.
Yes indeed - if you refer back to Algren's original it all becomes (more or less) clear. Just before Cross-Country Kline gives Dove the rules for life he gives him this other piece of advice re. the jolt thing

'Do you know that half the men serving time are serving it for somebody else? Shaking somebody else's jolt for copping somebody else's plea, playing culprit for a lesser crime than the one they actually done?'

(still doesn't make an enormous amount of sense but still...)


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