Reading Lolita in Maximum Security Prison

Plus: underground art beneath Dupont Circle and headless chickens in Chile

Chris Frewin/Flickr
Chris Frewin/Flickr


How do you run a literature course for convicts? What do a headless chicken and Pinochet have in common? Mikita Brottman discusses her new book, The Maximum Security Book Club; Idra Novey reads a short story; and we venture underground to check out what’s happening to the abandoned streetcar tunnels under Washington, D.C.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Idra Novey’s short story, “Under the Lid”
• Our original coverage of the Dupont Underground
• Mikita Brottman’s essay, “Jane Austen’s Ivory Cage”

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Stephanie Bastek is the senior editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.


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