RARA-AVIS: Previously someone asked about the word "punk"

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 07 Jun 2004

I was checking out a new magazine Topic, which devoted the entire issue to a specific topic (the latest being "prison") and found an essay by a convict currently serving life without parole.

The convict writes:
"You aren't going to do anything, you punk." He called me a punk. Me, the unbeatable giant of the neighborhood; in my park I was being called a punk. In addition to its other connotations, a punk in juvenile jails in California is a boy that other boys screw in the ass. I immediately swung on him in a big, arching left hook that failed to connect with anything. Now I was doubly mad. In the next 30 seconds or so, I broke Mr. Fellowes into a bleeding lump on the concrete. The coroner said he was probably dead after the first punch, it was so ferocious a shot. Before I left the park, I threw all his property on the roof of the building, on the assumption he was merely knocked out. I wanted him to have to scramble to recover his belongings-just as I had to recover my pride. For this act of savagery I was sentenced, after a two-day trial in which I was represented by a bored public defender, to life without the possibility of parole. That was 23 years and several lifetimes ago.


Check it out.

Frederick Zackel

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