Pictured is documentation of thirty-five months of prison life, in journals, sent to relatives of the author between February 2012 and December 2014. These often redundant and rambling pages produced most of the material for Lookout for Shorts: A Penitential Odyssey.
This book is an often comical, character-strewn story of corrections for a misspent life. The author’s arrest for trafficking in party drugs leads to rehab, an AA halfway house, and a fish-out-of-water prison story. Most of the tales take place in lockup, including time in The Hole for writing offenses. The author’s history of underachievement and consequences of substance abuse are also explored.
Lookout is a departure from Oz-like hardcore prison tales and is mostly gonzo and humorous in tone. The story focuses on inmate and administrative follies found in minimum security lockup and what it’s like to endure its coarse subculture. The reader ultimately learns how the author evolved from an overly-entitled “book learnin’ smartass” to empathizing with his downtrodden fellow felons.