Mara Leveritt – Books and Film

Dark Spell by Mara Leveritt
Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
The Boys On The Tracks by Mara Leveritt

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Mail call

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It is really good hear from some of you. A few people have asked specific questions. One person even said that I could write to them. If someone doesn’t mind me writing and would like to write letters, that is just fine with me. I love writing letters and meeting new people.
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On Cows and Carpentry

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I ended up being assigned to Dairy. Well, after reading so many cowboy books and seeing Elsie commercials, I thought CRAP! Turns out though, the Dairy was a balm to my soul. It put me outside and working with cows, which I love. The job I was hired to do was take care of newborn calves.
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"A Separate Peace" discussion?

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Anyone care to discuss “A Separate Peace” with an inmate reading it for the first time? Varner Prison, where Tim now lives, is a rough, often violent place. Tim takes refuge in books. Not many folks around him share that appreciation, so he hungers for any “book talk.”
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Super Bowl Sunday

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It is Super Bowl Sunday. And since my NE Patriots didn’t make the cut, I’m rooting for Carolina. However I won’t watch the game because three hours of football is just a little too much for me. I’d like to view the commercials but extra-curricular activity in the area makes tv viewing undesirable.
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Tim Howard Beginner's Blog

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I’m not totally clear about how to do a blog, so please bear with me. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, you must have some knowledge of who I am and where I am. So what I’ll do is try to give some kind of overview as to who I am. I’ll answer any questions asked about prison life if I can.

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Colin Firth on the ‘decency’ of doubt in the West Memphis Three case

Knowing that he would not be able to attend the premiere of Devil’s Knot in Little Rock, Colin Firth spoke with Mara Leveritt about his role in the film by phone from his home in London. He said he felt a bit daunted after he’d accepted the offer of his friend, Canadian director Atom Egoyan, to play the part of Ron Lax.

Firth understood that he’d be portraying the Memphis private investigator who volunteered to help the defense teams representing the three accused teens. What he did not grasp at first was how contentious the story remains.

Meeting Jason Baldwin, one is profoundly struck by his decency and gentle wisdom. It’s difficult to contemplate this in contrast to the injustice and brutality of his experience. What I hadn’t grasped until reading Mara Leveritt’s book was the extent of it all. To be taken through it in such rigorous detail is painful – but it feels vitally important not to be ignorant of it.

Mara Leveritt doesn’t resort to dramatic flourishes or personal cries of indignation. Her honesty and compassion echo those of her subject. Jason Baldwin’s courage and humanity, his unwillingness to judge his tormentors or yield to cruelty, transform what could have been an unrelentingly desperate story into an inspiring one – but crucially, one which is still not over.

~ Colin Firth, Star of Devil’s Knot, on reading Dark Spell by Mara Leveritt