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Crime and Punishment

When Will The United States Stop "Tinkering With The Machinery of Death?"

Stephen A. Cooper | Posted 01.20.2016 | Crime
Stephen A. Cooper

Over twenty years ago, death row inmate Christopher Brooks was convicted of raping and bludgeoning a woman to death. Brooks is scheduled to be execut...

Count To Nine

M. William Phelps | Posted 11.23.2015 | Crime
M. William Phelps

Denial and a blame-the-victim mentality in this country is as endemic as racism or hunger--and violence against women, especially, is something the media does not want to report. Cable news would rather bloviate about Trump and his bigotry or obsess over a missing airplane.

'Pretty Girls,' A Conversation With Karin Slaughter

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Karin Slaughter's first book, Blindsighted, became an international success published in 30 languages, and made the Crime Writer's Association's Dagger Award shortlist for "Best Thriller Debut" of 2001.

Kim Davis and the Historic Officials on the Wrong Side of History

Atlas Obscura | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Atlas Obscura

There are many more examples of Americans who failed to swap their roses, and stuck to guns doomed to backfire. All were considered brave by those who agreed with them, and backwards-facing by those who did not.

Who Needs "Likable" Characters? Not Jonathan Franzen, or Me

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.05.2015 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

I really perked up when the conversation turned to the notion of likability. Who says we have to like a character? Yet Franzen claims that "the safest thing" in writing fiction is not caring what the reader wants, in the sense of realizing, "Not everyone will like this guy."

The Stranger

Francis Levy | Posted 06.02.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

Perhaps the novel has maintained its hold on our imaginations because it's fundamentally about empathy or the loss thereof--a phenomenon that allows for what Clausewitz termed "the continuation of politics by other means," a state we know only too well, as war.

Grownups: You Can Read YA, and Why Not Read It With Your Kids?

Lori Day | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Lori Day

Just as there are good and bad adult novels, there are good and bad YA novels. To snidely pan the entire YA genre as being an embarrassment for any adult to enjoy is both small-minded and myopic.

How Are You Is Not Fine

Francis Levy | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Thank God for the Russians. Russia produced The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina, War and Peace and Pussy Riot. OK Sochi might ...

We Tasted Scorpion Pepper-Infused Beer And Lived

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Orchant | Posted 11.19.2013 | Taste

The crime was adding chiles to the beer. The punishment was drinking them.

Holden Caulfield: The Loneliest Playa In Literature

Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy

On this week's episode of Thug Notes, Sparky Sweets, PhD discusses J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye, analyzing the story of Holden Caulfield, th...

Crimes, Criminals, and the Insanity Defense

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.29.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

At the heart of the NGRI defense is the claim the defendant either lacked the capacity to know right from wrong (was brain-damaged, intellectually impaired) or had a mental disorder when the crime was committed, causing an inability to act within the law's requirements.

Demjanjuk's Just Epitaph

Tom Teicholz | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
Tom Teicholz

The recent death of John Demjanjuk, 91, in a nursing home in Germany, brings to a close one of the most extensive and most contested Nazi war crimes prosecution in history.

Is It Just Another Tuesday?

Sonja Sohn | Posted 05.20.2012 | Crime
Sonja Sohn

Today the Supreme Court hears the cases of two young men who were sentenced to die in prison as 14-year-old children. The Court should find that young people sentenced to life without parole as children cannot be deemed beyond hope of rehabilitation. Kids can, and do, change.

Will Write for Food

Jeff Klima | Posted 04.08.2012 | Books
Jeff Klima

Is it possible to sue someone on the basis of copyright infringement and theft of intellectual property if they have been dead for 131 years? I just g...

A Pound Of Flesh: Extraordinary Literary Debts | Posted 09.18.2011 | Books

Today marks the release of David Graeber’s new book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years. In this red-bound tome, Graeber explains the concept of debt and c...

Sidney Lumet: The Prince of New York City

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 06.12.2011 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Sidney Lumet was a quintessential New Yorker -- street smart with a bleeding heart and a head full of immigrant, everyman voices.

Great Books Don't Have To Be Bad Movies

The Guardian | Jonathan Coe | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books

In the course of their famous book-length interview, François Truffaut once asked Alfred Hitchcock about his approach to literary adaptation, and Hit...

Dostoevsky Darkens The Moscow Subway

NPR | David Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Dostoevskaya station -- which opened this summer in memory of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky -- met a fair share of opposition when psychologist...

The Power of Books in Prison

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Hartman

The first time I read Solzhenitsyn's The Cancer Ward I was in the hole for inciting a riot. At the time, I'd served only the first ten years of my life without the possibility of parole sentence.