If Deadspin gave out Rookie of the Year awards, 2014 might belong to Daniel Genis, who finished a 10-year prison bid in February and has already written several books' worth of raw, incredible, visceral, and profoundly human dispatches about his time inside. There's no better day to revisit the stuff he did for us this year, from his sex/violence/drugs trilogy to his sporting endeavors in weightlifting and tennis to his very own version of a Christmas miracle. Enjoy reading (or re-reading), and, uh, happy holidays.

A Gentleman's Guide to Sex in Prison

Violence Is Currency: A Pacifist Ex-Con's Guide to Prison Weaponry

Drugs, Chess, Books, Or Gambling: How To Fight Boredom In Prison


An Ex-Con's Guide To Prison Weightlifting

Chained Wimbledon: The Joys And Perils Of Prison Tennis


Forgiving The Club Killer: My Prison Friendship With Michael Alig

The Prison Forger's Christmas Miracle