You know that something is part of ‘the culture’ when it keeps showing up in pop culture.
Personally, I enjoy watching Netfix – and one of their shows is ‘Orange Is the New Black’: a show about a posh girl who, while young and ‘experimenting’, had crossed some lines and now has to pay the price in prison. It is a fun show, based (loosely, I presume) on a real life story, that makes us re-examine the whole ‘drug war’ and related issues.
Another thing I like is binge-watching shows: so, the Netflix ‘thing’ of releasing a whole season of a show at once pleases me beyond explanation. Perhaps it is the Aspie in me, but, I have a difficult time going from one world to another. So, when a show paints an alternate world for me (like, say, fictionalized life in prison), it takes me hours to transition from that world to my reality and vice versa. Which means that it only makes sense that I should watch all the episodes back-to-back!
Alas, the real world tends to intrude….which is why it was not until tonight that I saw this particularly salient line in the show…
The women’s prison celebrates ‘Mother’s Day’ with particularly open visitation from the babies/children of the inmates. As a direct result of the families’ visits, the women’s prison becomes infested with both scabies and bedbugs.
In order to combat the infestations, the prison burns all possibly infested items: from mattresses to prison uniforms to…the books in the library.
The pertinent line:
All the books in the prison library had been burned, as they had all been infested with bed-bugs….except for one book – the book that nobody had dared to burn!
The prison had been left with a single, bed-bug-infested book: a copy of the Koran….