10 February 2008
Deep in the Heart of....
Yet another reason my Other Half has no desire to visit Texas (despite my raves about Austin) -- Bolaño banned from the prison system (many thanks to the great Maude Newton for the heads up).
I'm impressed that someone behind bars was attempting to improve themselves by reading Roberto, but did the system think the offending passage was going to give the inmates ideas -- "Hey let's try this too!" -- although the description is of a heterosexual encounter (as if sexual activity doesn't happen behind bars anyway, sans literary influence).
I agree with Maude, Bolaño himself would have been amused this turn of events (and probably included it in his next fiction). I am so tempted right now to buy some copies and ship them to Texas (and/or give a call to our local jail librarian and see if they have the book here in Baltimore)!