Tag Archives: violence

Death stops time

In the June issue of Harper’s magazine, Geoff Dyer writes about the pictures photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews has taken of places where people died in World War I. Some are battlefields marked by graves or monuments. But they’re also of

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Thinking about murder again

Why is murder so popular? Even if we’re not part of the mob or a terrorist group; even if we’re not serial killers; even if we don’t believe in bearing arms – most of us indulge ourselves nearly every time

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“A moment on the edge”

In the introduction to her book, A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women,  Elizabeth George, the creator of the Inspector Lynley mysteries, asks why crime, and especially murder,  is so important, not just in mysteries,

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Our frightening neighbor

The other evening I listened to conversation about Mexico and how frightening it’s become. One of the participants had just returned from an artists’ confab at an Arizona ranch close to the border. The fear was so palpable there that

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Roman circuses and serious writers

What should writers of literature do when the world prefers Roman circuses?

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