It was Sean Penn’s autobiography.
JUST KIDDING! According to The Guardian, famed Mexican drug czar Joaquin Guzman, aka “El Chapo,” arrived in prison a tired, depressed man. He had escaped from behind bars just six months earlier, and spent the rest of 2015 on the lam (including that weird episode with Penn) before being re-captured earlier this month. The erstwhile leader of the Sinaloan cartel has caught such a bad case of the blues that authorities decided to cheer him up with the gift of a book:
Don Quixote, by Miguel Cervantes.
Interesting choice. Eduardo Guerrero, head of Mexico’s large system of prisons, told Radio Imagen that “we believe it is an excellent book, and we have to start giving him such notions.”
There’s no indication yet that El Chapo has actually cracked the cover, and The Guardian notes that he seems more interested in books about himself—Roberto Saviano’s Zero Zero Zero, about the cocaine trade and El Chapo’s rise, was found at his jungle hideout.
But wait—shouldn’t it be the authorities who are reading Don Quixote, and not El Chapo? After all, there’s no better literary equivalent for the so-called “war on drugs” than a delusional knight tilting at windmills.