JF Ptak Science Books Post 231
The appearance and tenor of this pamphlet is very deceptive--my initial reaction was an eyebrow-raising surprise, followed by a humorous deception, all aroused by the incredible, screaming cover design and the somewhat bizarre stories and headlines in the text. How can one refuse an article like this (seen below)? The "funny" part of the pamphlet was stopped dead cold when I started to actually read the stories accompanying the sub-title malaprops.
The point underlying all of these design elements which seem so much sugar to my eyes was that the prisons in Chicago were horrific--especially for African Americans, a point which is not explicitly made but alluded to. None of this seemed particularly surprising to me, except that there were just so many reports--the shear numbers of bad prison conditions was just staggering.