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For more than 40 years, Bruce Jackson has been documenting—in books, photographs, audio recording, and film—inmates’ lives in American prisons.  In 1975, he visited Arkansas’ Cummins Unit, a state prison farm, and stumbled upon a drawer filled with old prison ID photos snapped between 1915 and 1940.  He’s collected 121 of them in Pictures from a Drawer.

Read the backstory– and see more of these haunting photos– at Accidental Mysteries.

[TotH to the perpetually-provocative David Pescovitz at Boing Boing]

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As we sit up straight, we might send free-thinking birthday greetings to William Blake; he was born on this date in 1757 (a birthday that he shares with the very different John Bunyan, who was born in 1628).  A poet, painter, and printmaker who was largely unremarked in his own time, Blake is now regarded as a seminal figure in the Romantic Age– both as a poet and as an artist– and (with his contemporary William Godwin) as a forerunner of modern anarchism.

from Songs of Experience

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Thomas Phillips’ portrait of Blake

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Written by LW

November 28, 2012 at 1:01 am

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