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Prison Ramen is a new book of essays and prison recipes by Clifton Collins Jr. and ex-con Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez. Featured in the book is an essay by Shia LaBeouf, whose had a handful of arrests. In the essay the actor, who is either a stunt king of our time or a troubled weirdo (or a life coach slash rat tail icon?), details his five-time incarceration in an essay titled "Error Breeds Sense." E! has shared some excerpts from his essay, about each of his five arrests:
- "The first time I was only nine years old. It was in Pacoima, California. I was arrested for stealing a pair of Nike Cortezes from a local shop and held for six hours."
- "The second time I was eleven, in the city of Tujunga, California. I was arrested for stealing a Gameboy Pokémon from Kmart. That time, too, I was in a substation for about six hours."
- "The third time I was twenty, in Van Nuys, California. I tried to stab my neighbor and spent two days in jail. While I was there, I at least understood that being in jail is not the move. It sucks ass."
- "The fourth time I was in Chicago and I wouldn't leave Walgreen's, so I was taken to spend the night in jail. For some reason, I had the best sleep ever," he writes. "The most recent time was 2014, when I was twenty-eight and in New York City. I went to see the play Cabaret. I didn't behave very well during the performance and ended up spending twenty-five hours or so behind bars..."
- The fifth time, he describes a "terrific egg sandwich" he had and shares the recipe below:
Lastly he adds, "When I'm nervous in my creativity, I think of my failures in life and in art. Thinking about my screwups loosens the grip of fear. It's freeing to fuck up and to recover."