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Jordan Belfort’s Prison Experience Was Basically A Writer Retreat At Canyon Ranch

When I arrived at Taft, they lost my paperwork, so I spent five days in solitary. It was brutal, absolutely brutal. But it was minimum security, and after solitary it was like a boys’ club — and who’s my bunkmate? Tommy Chong from Cheech & Chong. I couldn’t believe it. He was in the process of writing his book. We used to tell each other stories at night, and I had him rolling hysterically on the floor. The third night he goes, “You’ve got to write a book.” So I started writing, and I knew it was bad. It was terrible. I was about to call it quits and then I went into the prison library and stumbled upon The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, and I was like, “That’s how I want to write!” When you’re in jail, you have a lot of time to think about your mistakes. It was completely mellow. I played tennis three hours a day, and I’d write for maybe 12. [THR via BI]

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2 Responses to “Jordan Belfort’s Prison Experience Was Basically A Writer Retreat At Canyon Ranch”

  1. A-Side says:

    Taft Formal 2000: "White Collar Pros and Tennis Bro-Hoes"

  2. UFO says:

    Someone just beat the shit out of him and rob him already. Stolen shit is fair game.

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