He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he gaze long into the abyss... only to find his own reflection.

Book Reviews

"In 1972, Herman Wallace was placed in solitary confinement after being convicted of murdering a young prison guard. He would spend the next 41 years of his life in a 6x9 cell, mostly alone, with little in the way of human interaction or entertainment. In his later years, he struck up a correspondence with a young artist, Jackie Sumell, and, guided by Wallace's detailed letters, she built a model of his dream house, which eventually became the subject of both an art exhibit and a 2013 documentary film. The model house created by Wallace and Sumell features both interior design frozen in time (cypress paneling and leopard print fabrics that were popular decades ago) and macabre touches such as hidden passageways and escape routes. The house's impact is not only in the fact that it is a lost dream, but a true window into the mind of someone who has, in a way, been frozen in time and imbued with a sense of paranoia after spending so many decades isolated in a small jail cell."

Wallace's story is only one of many shared by prisoners who have spent time in solitary confinement in a new volume titled "Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement"

Writing Down the Pain
I'd like just once to fall asleep feeling good about myself. Just once. Drunken stupors do not count.