I need ideas for books to send to someone serving a three-month jail sentence. I can provide any further context if desired.
Preferably promoting HONEST introspection, self-analysis, and self-improvement.
This person needs a LOT of self-care and is on the precipice of cognitively realizing this - I'm looking for a text that will push them over the edge into "Oh, I CAN be better! I'm actually allowed to love myself and that's okay."
Something practical. Something that can't readily be argued against, even in the midst of severe bias and general prejudice of the external.
I really care about this person and this sentence is the culmination of a long history of self-hate and fear ruling their lives. This book could legitimately change everything for them.
I'd be interested if any of you guys knew some good books about being in prison.
I'm writing a novel about a high school kid who gets falsely accused and convicted of rape right before college. It would be cool to write accurately about gangs and other aspects of prison life.
>be in National Guard
>just graduate as an infantryman
>lol we need you to go overseas
>agree, and go to train up before deployment
>lol nope you're on the backup list to go
>stay at pre mobilization site for 6 months away from long term gf and dogs that mean more to me than some dumbass kid
>lol you will go overseas soon anon
>will be overseas for 3 months by the time i go over
>entire company/batt is white trash and fucking losers in RL
>Go to pub tonight because can't leave post... bored... miserable... get paid to do nothing... nothing becomes depressing
>fellow comrade puking guts out in bathroom right now after gay ass pub where I waste my money
>feel empty and completely deprived of meaning in everyday life
>read dostoyevsky and camus... absolute fuitility in existence
>why the fuck am i here?
fuck you Op... you're degenerate scum... have fun creampieing your neighbor you degenerate fuck
life is retarded... I understand why veterans kill themselves.. the Army is retarded... fuck this gay earth... enjoy life wagecucks and NEETS.
Hey bud, once you get back to your gf and dogs things will get better.
Be paid to be bored sucks, especially when you're away from home. I can't provide an answer to it, but keep reading. Maybe start writing. I spend most of my work-day think about what I'll write and revising in my head, jotting down bits on my phone, since I'd have fuck all to do otherwise.
Then, get that shit down somewhere. If you're in a shared dorm and people will give you shit, just say your on Facebook or whatever and then they'll just hear you typing and won't care.
Also, one thing I do is live as frugally as I can, so at least when I get home I haven't wasted all my money on booze just to dull the pain, and I can actually get something out of the time of thrown away.
But yeah, head up dawg.
i appreciate man,you know I try to make the most of it. I read and go workout.. etc. It is definitely overwhelming though... wasn't expecting being gone 1.5 years straight joining the nasty girls.
I suppose it's a learning experience and something that I'll be able to look back upon and laugh about.
Well, I'm drunk and tired... have to go sign in early in the morning..
Thank you for the encouragement. Its tough being gone, but not too gone.. people have had worse... yet still feeling alone.
Maybe writing and reflecting will be beneficial and help me cope with the situation.
Anyways, thank you for the response anon...I'm drawing a blank on what else to say, but thank you for understanding.
Maybe one day I'll be reading something you wrote.
Funnily, Daniel Pennac listed his perfect inmate library for life-sentence in one of his novels (two of those actually, one pessimistic and one idealistic).
Personnaly, I would advise :
If he's into SF, then Dune
>he thought people telling him that the military is bullshit were just being edgy
Only a few people actually drink the kool-aid anon.
Just save fucking everything and make use of dat GI Bill
I was not going to bother with an answer as I thought it would be dismissed as random BS. It comes with a matching set of trailing ellipses that he would have to finish for himself. The best good to be done by him can not be be done for him.
Another recommendation in this thread changed my mind, as it is so apropos. So I'm going to suggest my own as well. First:
>The war of art by Steven pressfield
Strongly seconding this.
And my own suggestion: Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
And no more. After reading both I suggest talking to him and getting a feel for what he should read next by what he has to say.
>this sentence is the culmination of a long history of self-hate and fear ruling their lives. This book could legitimately change everything for them.
Less memetically, The Ego and Its Own. Hopefully he'll see that protecting himself and that which he consumes takes precedence over all else.