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Orange Is the New Black: Piper Kerman on Her Year in Prison

Friday, July 19, 2013

Piper Kerman talks about being sentenced to 15 months at a federal correctional facility. She writes about her experience in her memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which offers a glimpse into the lives of women in prison. Her memoir is the basis for the new Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”

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Piper Kerman

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Comments [14]

cindy from iowa

I just watched season 1 and 2 can't wait for 3......I love the characters and how you see them one way at first then they reveal their life story it just goes to show you things are not always as they seem survival is an instint

Jul. 07 2014 09:27 AM
JO from NYC

i didn't have the time to sit watch this when it was first released, but I spent all of yesterday and parts of this morning [early wee hours of the morning] watching this series - what a treat!

Dec. 29 2013 02:53 PM
jpkeys from ct

After that whuppin' she put on 'Tucky, I can't imagine how Piper could have possibly gotten out early! But the really important question: which role is the most award-worthy and what will the academies have to say about the show. I mean Taysty's rationale for returning to prison says volumes. Proud to be an American, eh...

Jul. 27 2013 09:33 AM
DTorres from Manhattan

From Smith College to prison, that is a long stretch.

So glad that Ms. Kerman is using her experience to educate, help others.

Jul. 23 2013 10:02 AM
Patrick

The Netflix show is brilliant. I look forward to reading the memoir. But please, Ms. Kerman, you're far too intelligent to be speaking in up-speak? Every third sentence at least sees your voice rise at the end? You know what I mean?

Jul. 21 2013 05:35 PM
lenny for prez

Lenny,
This was truly a thoughtful interview. I was floored by the author's combination of empathy, humility, and honesty.
I find it hard to believe people would discount her book merely because she's white and privileged. Should we have ignored Eleanor Roosevelt because she was white and privileged?

Jul. 20 2013 10:34 AM
A.M. from Manhattan

It looks like Two Cents was responding to this part of Campbell's statement: "If you don't want to read her book, then don't but do not discount what she has to say." Also, I got the impression that part of Two Cents' post didn't make it in (a middle part seems to have been left out).

Jul. 19 2013 08:05 PM
Johnny from NJ

Two Cents from Annoyed: Regarding your comment to commenter Campbell, "Don't tell people what to watch or read, we can make comments without doing either."

So you tell another commenter what to say/not say because that person is critical of another persons comments. Your logic is mesmerizing.

Campbell did not tell anyone what to say/watch/read--she/he does not control that--Campbell was simply critical of a point of view for the reasons stated in Campbell's own comment.

That is called discussion.

Jul. 19 2013 05:32 PM
Le from London

Campbell, your statement that you are "so sick of this racially based nonsense" is extremely offensive. Clearly you miss the fundamental point the other posters are making. Because of the various entrenched forms of racism, what you refer to as "the voices" of non-white women (and men) are not heard in the first place. In a number of ways. But since you're "so sick of this racially based nonsense," I won't trespass further on your limited attention span.

Jul. 19 2013 01:15 PM
Two Cents from Annoyed

Sure Campbell, she didn't even complete the entire 15 month..whatever, she PS - Don't tell people what to watch or read, we can make comments without doing either.

Jul. 19 2013 01:09 PM
Chris M. from bedsty

I agree, @ refazenda and "Well she's a blonde from Park Slope." The guest also seems strangely emotionally distant from her own story, as well as more generally (possibly related to your several objections). In her remarks, everything is processed in terms of "the right" idea or the "aptly" noted fact. Clearly, extreme dissociation is what got her into this situation in the first place. Seems like a little more time spent "on the inside" (the other inside) is in order here.

Jul. 19 2013 01:06 PM
Campbell

It's a unique story b/c she is an upper middle class white woman. That is not the norm in women's prison. She had the means and the ability to get her story out there. Why shouldn't she be the voice of women in prison? She is trying to shed light on what goes on while women are away in prison. She is attempting to use her experience for good. While she was there she was no better or worse than the next person. Her education, her money, her experiences didn't matter. She was an inmate. Should the only voices that can tell the story be non white women? That makes no sense. She didn't write a memoir merely b/c she spent a relatively short time in prison. She wrote her story to talk about the people she met there. The way things could and should be better. The incredible women she met while she was there and THEIR stories. Why discount her book simply b/c she is white? So sick of this racially based nonsense. We all have a story to tell. If you don't want to read her book, then don't but do not discount what she has to say b/c she is white.

Jul. 19 2013 01:04 PM

I am just a little annoyed. This is only a story because she is white and relatively well-to-do (she attended Smith College). Women from her socioeconomic strata are not supposed to do these kinds of things. And while she more-or-less owns up to her crime, she sounded slightly miffed that someone "rolled over on her".

Jul. 19 2013 12:55 PM
Well she's a blonde from Park Slope

15 months in prison and she has a memoir and a show, only in America...SMH

Jul. 19 2013 12:54 PM

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