All Articles: Book/Movie Reviews

The Love Between a Boy and His Dog

By Juan Haines Senior Editor Ever since I’ve known Tommy Winfrey, he’s been an inspiring and honest teller of tales. His storytelling abilities were acknowledged when he won first prize in the Memoir Category of the 2016 PEN prison writing contest. Stray is a classic story about the love a boy has for his dog. […]

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The Civil War Through the Eyes of a Protagonist

By Juan Haines Senior Editor The Red Badge of Courage (1895) is a powerful storytelling event, placed during the American Civil War. It is told through the eyes of protagonist, Henry Flemming, referred to as the youth. Author, Stephen Crane uses the youth’s observations while in the mists of battle to give readers an honest […]

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Navigating the New World Through Virtual Reality

By Juan Haines Senior Editor For someone who has never experienced 21st century technology, understanding new technologies, like the internet, can be challenging. But placing these new developments in the context of a world from which you are separated while incarcerated is even harder. Ernest Cline explores these elements in his book Ready Player One […]

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Tomorrowland Inspires Dreamers to Change the World

By Jonathan Chiu Staff Writer Finding solutions to Earth’s biggest problems is a major theme of Tomorrowland, a Disneyland attraction and name of an alternate dimension movie. Casey Newton, the main character in Tomorrowland, is recruited to save the world by Athena, a child android. When murderous robots try to kill them, they turn to […]

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Living in a Perpetual State of War

By Juan Haines Staff Writer Whether or not Americans know it, we have been living in a state of perpetual war since the 1950s. We have gotten used to it and it has a distinct affect on how we think about everything from what’s good or bad, right or wrong, or how we treat each […]

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Police Dramas Skew Views of the Justice System

By Emile DeWeaver Staff Writer The new FOX series “Lucifer” depicts a lopsided view of America’s criminal justice system, but that may be the least of its sins. In “Lucifer,” Laura German plays Chloe Decker, a homicide detective who struggles to be taken seriously by her male co-workers. Tom Ellis plays Lucifer Morningstar, the fallen […]

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Ethnographer Studies the Problems in Schools

By Juan Moreno Haines Managing Editor On the surface, people might be surprised to learn that high-poverty schools in South Bronx and Amsterdam have a lot in common. In Toxic Schools: High-Poverty Education in New York and Amsterdam (2013), Dutch ethnographer Bowen Paulle lands a job as a teacher in a South Bronx high school, […]

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Love’s Roller Coaster Ride

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Paula Patton stars in Baggage Claim, a funny romantic comedy about the antics a girl named Montana goes through trying to land a marriage-worthy man in 30 days. Montana’s mother is pressuring her to come to the wedding of her sister, Sheree (Lauren London). Montana feels compelled to produce a […]

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Fire Inside Tells Women Prisoners’ Stories

By Juan Haines Managing Editor For the San Quentin News staff, reporting news from the perspective of women prisoners is challenging. So reading an authentic source, such as The Fire Inside, became a portal into their world. “The transformation that prisoners’ words go through from being a spoken ‘gripe’ to a printed article validates the […]

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The Walking Dead Is a Hit Television Show In San Quentin

By Emile DeWeaver Staff Writer For years, the members of SQ Reviews have heard stories about the A&E sensation, The Walking Dead. We gnawed our pillows in envy. Finally, we joined the land of the living in 2014 when KRON 4 syndicated Walking Dead (WD). We could then put our pillows to proper use – […]

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