In conjunction with the release of "Fire in the Lake," the third annual volume of creative writing from NYU's Prison Education Program, the editors answer questions from NYU Gallatin students.
“Ayo, Big Tree. What’s on the menu for tonight?” one onlooker asks. “Just some fish and macaroni with cheese,” Big Tree replies. “Nothing special.” The onlooker’s face is full of skepticism. Everybody knows that everything Big Tree cooks tastes special.
"There was no chisel involved, no rope of bedsheets. But with the help of a willing accomplice, I found a way out."
"The September sunlight in the late afternoon was fire. My mother was driving, and I could tell that in addition to becoming blinded, she was becoming fatigued. For reasons I cannot articulate, I never offered to drive."
"In the female-dominated environment of Sephora, men’s behavior in can shed light on standards of masculinity"
"Both are on the cusp of something: Elio is about to enter manhood, and Oliver is letting go of the last impulses of boyhood. In this hazy becoming and un-becoming, they find each other, and what seems to make them different also makes them exactly the same."
What do the human interactions with this early chatterbot reveal about relationships, not only between people and robots, but also between people themselves?