Bookishness can save the criminally minded

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JIM CURRAN
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Bookishness can save the criminally minded

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:56 am

Tom Hodgkinson: Bookishness can save the criminally minded

Interesting read.

It was a good funeral," said the punk poet John Cooper Clarke to my wife Victoria and me as we walked away from St Bartholomew church in the City of London. We had joined 300 mourners to commemorate the life of Bruce Reynolds, best known as the unofficial leader of the gang who carried out the Great Train Robbery in 1963. Clarke had read a poem.
I'd interviewed Bruce many years ago for The Idler, and found him to be witty and engaging company. "Erudite" and "gentleman" were the words that popped up during the service to describe this intriguing person. While in prison, Reynolds had read a lot of books. In fact, bookishness can often save the criminally minded: illiterate Black Panthers jailed four decades ago have become sophisticated political commentators. And British bank robber Noel "Razor" Smith has abandoned crime for a life of letters.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/com ... rnalSearch

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