Prison Pecking Order

By Christopher Zoukis In the world outside of prison, everyone wants to know what others do, where they work, how much they make, where and in what type of house they live, what they drive, and the answers to many other personal identity questions which help us to quantify and categorize others. These are social […]

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Book Marketing From Prison

By Christopher Zoukis Book marketing in the world outside of prison is fairly straightforward. The author writes a book, ideally has the foresight to build an author platform in the process, and then uses the platform and other tools to market their book once it is published. These other tools often consist of a snazzy […]

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Reducing Recidivism

By Christopher Zoukis Not pleased with their perpetual need to keep expanding their prison’s capacity, local leaders and officials in Northampton County, Pennsylvania have been searching for a comprehensive strategy to reduce the county’s high levels of recidivism. In 2012, the recidivism rate for inmates being released from Northampton County Prison was 58 percent, a […]

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Three Smokes and A Soda

By Christopher Zoukis What do whales’ teeth, cowrie shells, Cognac, large stone disks, and foil packets of mackerel have in common? The perhaps surprising answer is that they have all been used as units of currency in vastly differing societies at drastically different times. The exchange of goods through barter has doubtless gone on since […]

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Where The Wild Things Are

By Christopher Zoukis The tale of a small, mischievous boy named Max, who wears a wolf’s costume as he chases the family dog with a fork, his subsequent banishment by his mother to his room, where, from the magic of his imagination, a wild forest appears and out from nowhere a boat emerges in which […]

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Nabokov (Part Two)

Then came Lolita. At the end of the story, Lolita is older, has a child of her own and is not lovable.  She is used up, ugly and hard.  Yet it is at this point that Humbert Humbert, the older man, falls truly in love with her, and comes to appreciate love for the wonderful […]

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Nabokov (Part One)

By Christopher Zoukis In one of the most beautiful places on earth, or at least in Europe, is one of the most beautiful ‘walks.’  Kind of like the boardwalk at Santa Barbara, California, or the cement sidewalk along Mission Beach near La Jolla, California.  Only much longer.  The ‘walk’ goes all the way from Villeneuve […]

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Herman Bolle and Mirogoj

By Christopher Zoukis His name was Herman Bolle.  A Frenchman descended from generations of German architects, Bolle made Croatia his home for fifty years, residing in Zagreb.  Herman, too, was an architect.  He had knack for it, designing and building many buildings.  His Neo-Renaissance structures imprinted all of Croatia with edifices for diversion and thrill […]

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Semiotics: Trees

By Christopher Zoukis In The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein wrote:  “He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.  And they would play hide-and-go-seek.  And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.  And the boy loved the tree … very much.  And the tree was happy.” The […]

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