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The word incorrigible has appeared in 28 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Aug. 4 in "Prison Life, Real and Onscreen" by Aimee Lee Ball:

  • The night before she reports to prison after pleading guilty to smuggling drug money, Piper Chapman, the protagonist of Netflix's popular series "Orange Is the New Black," frets about maintaining her blond hair and meticulously groomed eyebrows. She anticipates that at least she can use her incarceration to "get ripped," read everything on her Amazon wish list, maybe even learn a craft. She asks her fiance to keep her Web site updated, and when she walks into the penitentiary, she's carrying a burrata sandwich.
  • ... But "Orange" also presents characters almost never portrayed, at least not with much empathy, in Hollywood. The prison population is not a monolith of incorrigible rogues; everyone has a painful back story, and many of them made life-altering choices when they were far too young.
  • "For many people who watch," Ms. Kerman said, "the heart aches a little because we all know how muddled one's thinking can be at an age when you're impulsive and often have a limited grasp of the consequences."


Financial Times February 28, 2014

"Politicians can improve the world but only bit by bit. Try something small, that's easily reversed. If it works, scale it up. If not, you drop it"
Simon Kuper

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