It was pouring down rain this weekend, with whipping cold winds, but we soldiered on and made our trek to Alcatraz anyway. It was well worth the journey …
Carter Library, Reading
March 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm
Holy cow, what great but grim pictures. It gave me goosebumps – even as I type, my arms are covered with them. That usually means to pay attention to something, but I’m not sure what.
I guess these men had more time than the average person in the community and that their minds were hungry. I hope that reading helped them.
Thanks for sharing these pictures and your comments!
March 21, 2011 at 12:25 am
Not that I’m flitting with envy but to have a book delivered to me in bed? Now that’s style.
March 21, 2011 at 4:21 am
I’m impressed with their reading choices – Kant and Hegel? Not sure I could ever get through either of those.
March 21, 2011 at 5:14 am
Would it be wrong to wish for one day a week in prison if it means I can read without interruption? I suppose I’m romanticizing prison, aren’t I?
But I can definitely see the need to read to pass the years stretching out ahead of you when you’re in captivity.
March 21, 2011 at 6:25 am
I’m with Lisa: A little prison time would make a huge dent in my TBR pile. Maybe a small crime spree is in order.
March 21, 2011 at 6:28 am
Great pictures, Teri–and chilling, yes.
Lisa, your comment made me laugh–self-imposed incarceration to get some reading done. My husband and I always joke with our little ones that, trust us, when you grow up, you’d give anything for someone to tell you you HAD to go to your room and just read or take a nap for an hour!
March 21, 2011 at 6:32 am
The 2 most surprising things on this visit:
(1) How small the cells really are/were. 5 ft wide x 9 feet long x 7 ft tall, with bed taking up 2/3 of the space. Truly like living in a concrete box. Not that they didn’t deserve it for their crimes, but still … a concrete box.
(2) That 60 families of prison employees lived on the island, and how SAFE they all felt, never bothering to lock doors. All with the most heinous criminals in the U.S. — Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Robert Stroud — living right next door. Prisoners could hear the children playing in their yards.
March 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm
That just creeps me out. Not sure if I’d be able to even visit. I shrivel in small, confined spaces.
March 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm
we visited san francisco two years ago and all my husband talked about was getting to see alcatraz. when we arrived and planned our first day to go, we learned that you have to reserve your spots way more than a day in advance to get on the island. i was never really that let down that we didn’t get to go…until now.
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