Wednesday, April 28, 2010

True crime

Two very different stories of murder are featured on Chapter 16 at the moment. I have an interview with Beth Bachmann about Temper, her debut collection of poems, which were inspired by the violent death of her sister. I can't think of any contemporary poet whose work has more resonance than Bachmann's. Her poems are razor sharp, but they stay with me and reveal new meanings each time I return to them. The Q & A is here.

Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides is a study of the King assassination that focuses on petty-crook-turned-killer James Earl Ray. Reviewer Clay Risen says the book is "a great narrative historical account." Read more here.

Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, 1808

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