Pictures At An Execution

Pictures At An Execution This book is about murder in life and in art and about how we look at it and feel about it At the center of Wendy Lesser s investigation is a groundbreaking legal case in which a federal court judge w

  • Title: Pictures At An Execution
  • Author: Wendy Lesser
  • ISBN: 9780674667358
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This book is about murder in life and in art and about how we look at it and feel about it At the center of Wendy Lesser s investigation is a groundbreaking legal case in which a federal court judge was asked to decide whether a gas chamber execution would be broadcast on public television Our grim and seemingly endless fascination with murder gets its day in court aThis book is about murder in life and in art and about how we look at it and feel about it At the center of Wendy Lesser s investigation is a groundbreaking legal case in which a federal court judge was asked to decide whether a gas chamber execution would be broadcast on public television Our grim and seemingly endless fascination with murder gets its day in court as Lesser conducts us through the proceedings, pausing along the way to reflect on the circumstances of violent death in our culture Her book, itself a murder mystery of sorts, circling suspensefully around a central point, is also a meditation on murder in a civilized society what we make of it in law, morality, and art Lesser narrates the trial with a sharp eye for detail and an absorbing sense of character Questions that arise in the courtroom conjure other, broader ones why are we drawn to murder, as an act and as a spectacle Who in a murder story are we drawn to victim, murderer, detective Is such interest, even pleasure, morally suspect Lesser s reflections on these questions follow the culture in its danse macabre, from Norman Mailer s The Executioner s Song to the Jacobean play The Changeling, from Errol Morris s documentary The Thin Blue Line to Crime and Punishment, from Janet Malcolm s The Journalist and the Murderer to Jim Thompson s The Killer Inside Me, from Weegee s photographs to television s movie of the week Always anchored in the courtroom, where the question of murder as theater is being settled in immediate, human terms, this circle of thought widens outward to the increasingly blurred borderline between real and fictional murder, between event and story, between murder as news and murderas art As gripping as its subject, Pictures at an Execution brings us face to face with our own most disturbing cultural impulses.

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    1 thought on “Pictures At An Execution”

    1. It's hard to describe what this book is actually about. Yes, the KQED/Robert Alton Harris story is in there, but there's more literary criticism than anything else. To be honest, I found the literary criticism more interesting than the Harris story. But it was difficult to plod through at times and a bit disjointed overall. Definitely average or above, just not fantastic.

    2. This was kind of a hats book to read. Interesting and thought provoking but a difficult subject matter.

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