Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Rehabilitative Aspect of Imprisonment


"For four months, I had nothing to read but the Bible, so I read it for all four months—diligently, picking everything apart," says Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova, pictured above — Pussy Riot: The Jailhouse Interview.

"Prison is like a monastery—it's a place for ascetic practices," she continues. "After a month here, I became a vegetarian. Walking in circles for an hour in that tiny dusty yard gets you into a pretty meditative state as well."

Her bible-reading, vegetarian diet, and meditative states seem to be doing her good; she looks far more attractive above than in the photo that accompanied pre-sentencing articles like this one — Political Theatre: Pussy Riot readings at the Royal Court. My Russian colleague predicted that prison would be a blessing for them.

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