Interview: My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun

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In 1999, author Theo Padnos was nearing the completion of his PhD in comparative literature. His job search brought him to the Woodstock Correctional Facility, where he was a teacher for just over a year. Padnos used the works of authors such as Mark Twain, Flannery O’Connor and Ken Kesey to connect with an assortment on young Vermont criminals. They in turn shared with him thoughts about their lives, and their crimes. Neal Charnoff talks with Padnos about his experiences, recounted in the new memoir, “My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun.”

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