chapter 16 The Aftermath
Judge Bachman was ecstatic to hear Lewis was in custody. He was disappointed to hear he was in another state and would be tried by a separate Judge, but he would watch the trial coverage on FOX NEWS as close as possible.
Once Jack was caught, it wasn’t long until a cop leaked info to the press. It also wasn’t long until the guy who broke out of jail by walking out the front door became the news of the century. His trial would have more followers than Scott Peterson, OJ, and Casey Anthony combined and unlike all of them, the public loved him. The more they dug up the more they realized this guy was less of a criminal and more of a conundrum. The more they retraced his steps the more they all saw a man who had beat the system, had lived the ultimate adventure, and had made a strong network of friends. Alex Kobe and Fiona did not mind the publicity. Others, like Hal and Conner, disconnected their phones to not be bothered. Kate showed her face without fear, and before her highly ttrated 60 minutes interview, she had released only one statement. “I love him so much.”
Then a girl named Ann delivered a rebuttal and was used as a character witness by prosecution. “I Hate him! He got me pregnant and I had to…” She broke down “I destroyed my first child, and it’s his fault. But I’m in college, I can’t have …” It then went on to become more about her and less about Jack. It wasn’t long until no one gave a shit about the rich-bitch sorority girl he had a one night stand with. That’s how fast the news moved on social media. The jury also didn’t think much of her either.
Another girl came to the press about having sex with Jack, in a more positive sense because he had rescued her from what she said would have been “a guaranteed rape.”
A former prostitute gave a short interview from her room at a rehab clinic, apparently Jack was her “Guardian Angel”, who guided her with fatherly words and a much needed iron fist.” The girl was quite poetic now that she was sober.
Some hipster told a story of how he had been beaten senseless by Jack.
Conner and Hal only appeared in court and offered no statement to the media. They only voiced their support for their captured friend and acted as character witnesses for the defense.
Nancy delivered only one statement, he burned his supena in a video he posted on youtube. He refused to show up for court and be at risk of saying anything against his friend, period. “Fuck you. He’s a good man, good men don’t belong in the shit house!”
The whole trial if it so can be called, was more of a rush of media, the law waving theirrestored masculinity around, and a fast forward of witness after witness that Jack didn’t even pay attention to. Jack didn’t even know his lawyer’s name.
Jack was sent back to prison, obviously. He was to serve at least 20 of his 25 to life years before he could start serving an eight year sentence for escaping and another eight for the various assaults, and finally two more for assaulting an officer. Jack was to serve at least forty years, not eligible for parole until half of it. The outrage from his fans was massive and pushed on the verge of rioting. Jack got endless flows of fan mail, none of which he read.
Jack accepted his fate with the usual discourse and lack of emotion he always had before. Except one thing was different. He never could stop thinking about Kate, every second he wasn’t with her he wanted to die. He was not allowed a conjugal visit until they were married, which they were soon after the “trial” had ended.
Jack’s cellmates were two black guys and a hispanic man, all in for drug charges. When they learned they were on the same cell block as the famous Jack Lewis, they spread the word and before dinner, Jack was a hero.
Jack got a package every other week when Kate visited. It consisted of cigarettes, suggestive photos of herself for lonely nights, and books.
Jack was keeping his reading up like never before. Reading everything he was sent from beginning to end. Jack also took advantage of the book cart every chance he could. Reading the classics, pop fiction garbage, anything that looked interesting. For the first month of his sentence he was on an Oscar Wilde kick. Then he started to read some prison narratives by Leonard Peltier or Mumia Abu Jamal. Soon he began a Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King phase.
One day on the book cart, jammed between two volumes of War and Peace, was less of a book and more of a pamphlet. Jack looked to see it was by the same author Kate and he would read together. Memories of his last hours in Kate’s bed came to him. He decided to read this pamphlet. He hoped it wouldn’t be as demented as the writer’s fiction or as archaic and scattered as the authors poems.
The parody of the self
a manifesto to the young millennium.
by James J Jackson Jr
“the more i see, the less i know, the more i like to let it go.” Snow by red hot chili peppers.
We, as a species, are ever burdened yet rewarded with the human condition. We have been given this gift of logical thought and consciousness; yet, we are ever burdened with the knowledge of our own mortality, the weight of physical and emotional pains coincided with our pleasurable emotions, and the fact that there is and are things in this universe that we shall never comprehend, not even in death.
We as a generation, are cursed. We live in the generation that is blank abstract and a parody of itself. Every cliche sense of identity, every generation has lived through some sense of identity, except ours, and the more we think we figured it out the more abstract it becomes. We elected Obama and thought a new generation of peace and tolerance would take over the country, but other than killing Osama and marijuana dispensaries, we see Obama is just the black Clinton, left but not left enough. A progressive American, but still an American, still putting delusional faith in the ultimate evil, the “market.”
We as a generation, have no sense of identity because of this sense of American economy. Every sense of identity has now already been taken, and our generation is nothing but vintage chic that copy other generations. We have people living the hip hop lifestyle that died with Easy E and Tupac. We have hippies wearing their granola parents old clothes. We have club kids creating multiple genres of rave and electronic music that would make the 1980’s blush. We have the “fashionable” still flocking to the mall to throw away their money. Everything, it seems, from the art world, to the film world, to the simple world around us, is blank because all that could be done with each medium has been done before. Is there anything wrong with this pursuit of identity? No, it is a part of the human condition. It is one of the burdens of our gifts of conscious thought. It could use a little more structure however.
We as a culture, lack culture. Our authors have shifted from literature to nothing but commercial interests. Mark twain would not survive the literary world unless he took shock value to another level. 50 Shades of Grey is a hit when its writing is pure garbage and names like Kurt Vonnegut, ee cummings, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are in danger of slipping into hipster obscurity. We have no respect for the academic and the educational like we should, and those in the academic or educational run the risk of being cut off from reality and being stuck in theory. Both people, academic and non, are guilty of ego and entitlement.
We are so egotistical, so up our own ass, we refuse to acknowledge the Us government is guilty of genocide of natives and blacks, that immigrants and gays are being attacked for being who they are, that the authority of teachers is needed to educate our students, and that media is more powerful than it should be.
The human condition, despite its strifes, is a beautiful and amazing thing. We live in a beautiful world, and are capable of leading beautiful lives. Yet these lives we constantly refuse to mold and make our own. Not only that, but we are often under the delusion that we are the molders of our life, when in fact we are not. As Goethe said, “ No person is more enslaved than one who falsely believes they are free “
We as a generation, are the generation of the 21st century. We have to make up for the mistakes of our ancestors. They promised so much to us by this century and none of it was delivered. I say we deliver more than what they asked for. Let’s not just shock and awe our failed ancestors with our technology and progressive inclusion. Let’s amaze them with a philosophical, artistic and creative strength not seen since the enlightenment and the renaissance. That is where the waves are shifting. Our existence, pointless. Our efforts for professional success, a waste of time, it is in the creative world that our generation belongs, and it is there we will stay.
The poet, the artist, the sculptor, the filmmaker, the musician, these people now live as “starving artists” and garner no respect from the public as they should because they don’t hold “productive careers”, they just express themselves. Well, maybe if some of these white-collar conservative jerks expressed themselves once in while they wouldn’t be stuck in their meaningless existence. An existence where the only thing left behind to show for their lives will be a stack of money that will some day be gone and spent, and maybe a plaque on some office or library wall that will be up for a few years before the building is moved or torn down; While the author and the artist have a lifetime of work to leave behind to show for their lives. If that is not productive, and if that is not what this world needs right now, I do not know what is. Also, these people make no money and live as they do because these Same people who criticize them for living so meagerly download and exchange their work with each other for free. Capitalism has created the worst kind of entitlement, the kind where we practically have enslaved our artists and entertainers. They look down on people trying to make a living through their creative side and then go around stealing it.
Consider this a manifesto, a philosophy much needed for the modern age. Call it whatever you want, just take what it says to heart. My only hope is that this book teaches you something, if you can walk away from this book with one difference of opinion from when you started, whether or not it’s agreeing or disagreeing with me, I will know I have done my job.
Also, I wish to mention that not a single original thought exists in this book, everything in this book has been said a thousand times before, and will always be said a thousand times again. But every once in a while it needs to be put on to paper.
Lastly, I wish the reader to remember that this is merely a book, do not find meaning in this work where there is none and don’t miss the actual meanings altogether. But remember this is merely one book written by one man, and in all respects should never have had to be written; for as Lao tzu said, “those who know don’t talk and those who talk don’t know.”
And there is hope, there is always hope. For if there is not hope, these people strangling our culture, strangling our generation, which is a generation of artists, then our generation has already lost.
When he finished, Jack closed the book, sighed, and waited for his thoughts to catch up with him.
Jack enjoyed the read. He was a little excited after he finished. He stood and looked out the cell door. Down the hall he could see the only window high at top by the catwalk that the guards use to look over the entire cell block. He could see through the window that it was a blue sky and a sunny day, and despite all of Jack’s best efforts to stay grounded in reality, to keep himself from getting any fruitless ideas, he couldn’t help it. After what he had just read, he could not help but feel that the author was, in fact, right. If you want to stay victorious, there always has to be hope.
As Jack looked at that tiny window far off in the distance, at that one square of blue in a bleak wall of gray that was almost blocked by a guard with a rifle and an NFL build, Jack could not shake the feeling that there was hope. He then turned to his cellmates and joined their game of cards, still smiling, and he started to get excited for his visit with Kate tomorrow.