EBOOK DOWNLOAD True Notebooks A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall AUTHOR Mark Salzman


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  • True Notebooks A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
  • Mark Salzman
  • English
  • 10 November 2020
  • 9780375727610

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True Notebooks A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall Free read Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook In 1997 Mark Salzman bestselling author Iron and Silk and Lying Awake paid a reluctant visit to a writing class at LA’s Central Juvenile Hall a lockup for violent teenage offenders many of them charged with murder What. I loved this book and now I m going to miss it You know the feeling You get comfortable with an author s voice and with his characters you feel like you re riding shotgun cross country and you re new best friends and then WHAM you re suddenly left roadside in Iowa while your friends speed off to California alone where all finished books go Sad Bittersweet But let me emphasize the sweetMaybe I loved it because it is about an author who serves as a writing teacher in an LA Juvenile Hall where kids mostly charged with murder are awaiting trial I teach writing too but boy howdy these guys make my kids in the public schools look like choirboys and any teacher who is whining about his or her kids behavior should give this book a look see apples and oranges be damnedSalzman brings these confused kids to life with the dialogue segments especially where they egg each other on to write then read aloud what they wrote Their writings are in italics and are insightful to say the least How do teenagers become murderers Why do they so easily succumb to the siren call of gangs It s all here and while the entries are edifying it s the badinage that I like best Salzman provides all of the put downs and back and forths typical of teenage boys and a lot of it is lovingly vicious and hilarious I laughed aloud than onceIn the end there s a bit of sadness though Not just because the book is coming to an end but because you become involved in some of these kids lives Salzman is at least careful not to oversentimentalize things He includes the perspectives of the victims and their families and often provides society s counterpoints to some of the boys angry diatribes about their fatesOverall a terrific read unexpectedly so Isn t it always the way A book you have absolutely zero expectations about takes you by storm

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True Notebooks A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall Free read Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook He found so moved and astonished him that he began to teach there regularly In voices of indelible emotional presence the boys write about what led them to crime and about the lives that stretch ahead of them behind bars. Early on in True Notebooks author Mark Salzman acknowledges that this is just one permutation of the old trope known as White Person Helps Impoverished Brown Children Realize That Art Matters Indeed this book s working title was Dangerous Freedom Writing Minds Find Forrester It helps that True Notebooks is a memoir and heck I ve got a weakness for that old trope anyway This book did stir up some emotion in me and there s some good subtle humor in the dialogue TN to me had the double whammy of Be grateful this wasn t your adolescence and Isn t that awesome These kids are discovering the freedom and psychological power of writingBut just as early on Salzman also acknowledges the futility of the project The kids he s volunteering to teach have all been arrested for serious violent crimes mostly murder They re being held in a juvenile facility right now but almost all of them will be tried sentenced and immediately moved to adult prisons where they will live out the next few decades to life These can get a few uick lessons on how to write how to think and how to feel but their surroundings were bad from birth Now their lives are overshadowed by regret and they re only going to go from bad to worse to hopeless Salzman realizes though and successfully conveys that it s not futility if in this particular moment he s enjoying what he s doing and so are his studentsOverall of course this book was good enough for me to see through to completion but I would ve liked it twice as much at half the length and possibly four times as much at one fourth the length At its present 326 pages TN has a lot of sameishness that waters down its impactThe book s basic structure is this over and over Salzman shows up at the facility and exchanges a few words with at least one authority figure he recreates the everyday dialogue he overhears from the kids and his interactions with them Salzman has some sort of worry or misgiving that things will go awry and everyone will lose respect for him or they ll discontinue the writing class he suggests a topic for the kids who are having trouble some of them write some disrupt the class they read their essays aloud which he usually reprints in full Free material chaching and which vary wildly in uality there are remarks about the essays almost always encouraging onesThe most notable breaks from the formula are Salzman s initial debate whether or not to get involved in the program the all day writing workshop that includes girls and one student s trial and sentencing hearing that Salzman attends There are four or five kids who stand out in the story while the rest are interchangeable the class itself is a revolving door with kids constantly coming and goingTwo of the authority figures are my favorite characters in the book by the way There s Sister Janet the turbo volunteer and living saint and there s Mr Sills the head disciplinarian on the EF unit where the book is set The whole book though has this overarching feel of the narrator being like Look at me I m recreating the way ghetto kids talk Doesn t it seem authentic I didn t even use a tape recorder or anything And then he s like Look at me I m white and nerdy Holy cow I m just too white and nerdy I m so white and nerdy

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True Notebooks A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall Free read Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook We see them coming to terms with their crime ridden pasts and searching for a reason to believe in their future selves Insightful comic honest and tragic True Notebooks is an object lesson in the redemptive power of writi. True Notebooks is intoxicating thought provoking totally addicting and heartbreaking all at once The characters in this book the real life juvenile delinuents that Salzman worked with are amazing people despite their criminal records This book shows you just how NOT so black and white the American justice system is These kids who are arrested are real people who make mistakes and yes they should own up to them but how we as a society should handle them and their mistakes is something I have been rethinking the whole time I ve been reading this bookThis book is wonderful for so many reasons that I m not sure I can really get them all down in this review It s inspirational for teachers writers prisoners and even their family members It s entertaining because the dialogue and writing are hilarious in both a laugh out loud funny kind of way and a self deprecating sort of way too I loved Salzman s storytelling it was honest especially at the beginning and he wasn t afraiduncomfortable with not knowing especially when it came to explaining to others about why he was doing this program As a teacher I could relate to his honesty sincerity and sometimes naive thinking Many of the boys in the book reminded me of some of my students which is both good and bad Almost all of the writing featured in the book caused me to really stop think and reread before moving on I kept wondering what I could do to make my teaching inclusive and engaging for these kids who are just barely hanging on sometimes Also the depth and amount of reflection that shows in their writing is surprising I have taught writing to teenage boys and I know it s not their favorite subject but Salzman made it relevant and meaningful It really became a form of therapy for many of them and since our prison system doesn t really offer a lot of real opportunity for rehabilitation I think this program did a lot for many of his students I was glad to read that InsideOUT Writers still exists int he LA County system because I am sure it is reaching the kids at least on some levelThe book left me wondering about some big picture issues of how we should actually rehabilitate criminals especially young ones as well as how we can realistically try to do preventative stuff to avoid situations that the kids in the book are facing There is no doubt in my mind that the system is unfair especially in terms of how it treats minorities But it also left me wondering about what we as a society need to do to catch these kids before its too lateI m not sure the book left me with many answers mostly a lot of uestions but I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone who cares about young people


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    Read True Notebooks A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall EBOOK DOWNLOAD True Notebooks A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall AUTHOR Mark Salzman In True Notebooks Mark Salzman relates his experiences teaching a creative writing class to kids in Los Angeles's Central Juvenile Hall a lockup for LA's most violent teenage criminals Most of the kids who join his class are in jail for 187 the police code for murder Many are gang membersSalzman is initially roped in to teaching the class by his friend Duane who also teaches at the jail Initially he's unsure of whether

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