In the world : from the big house to Hollywood

Published 2020
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"The Hollywood Ending of an Adrenaline-Filled and, By Turns, Harrowing and Funny Odyssey of Crime and Redemption in America's War on Drugs Smuggler's Blues, the first book in Richard Stratton's memoir of his criminal career, detailed his years as a kingpin in the Hippie Mafia. Kingpin, the second book, traced his eight-year journey through the criminal justice system, through two federal trials and myriad jails and prisons, and culminating in his success as a self-taught jailhouse lawyer winning his own release. In this final volume, Stratton recounts his return to civilian life, as a convicted felon who had been forced to confront his demons and an aspiring writer who yearned to make his mark. From parole to Hollywood to marriage and fatherhood, he found his way in the free world. Working in the New York office of a criminal defense attorney, he somehow adhered to the stringent conditions of his release not to associate with other felons. When his prison novel Smack Goddess was published, his mentor, Norman Mailer, entered his life again. Going to Hollywood to consult on a documentary, he became a writer and producer, and his feature film Slam won major awards at Sundance and Cannes. In the World includes profiles of celebrities such as Mailer, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, and others." -- Provided by publisher.

First edition.
pages cm
Author's note: détente in the war on plants
Prologue: time and chance
Parole: doing time on the street. Lawless ; Get my monkey laid ; A violation for real ; A man has got to get his teeth fixed ; Amor a la Colombiana ; Your whole tribe eats donuts ; Mailer pal writes druggie novel ; I was hungry, and it was your world ; Heavyweights
Hollywood: adventures in the skin trade. Blowback, Project MK-ULTRA, and beyond ; White boyz ; Street time ; Original gangster: Joe Stassi Redux ; The informer: Whitey Bulger and the FBI ; The brand ; Dog eat dog, Crude, and more false starts
Fatherhood: the beginning of a great adventure. Godfather and son ; Fathers and sons
Afterword: a place you never want to be.
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