Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook by Katherine Dunn, Sean Tejaratchi

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Warning: this unhappy, robust, ugly choice of black-and-white pictures of ordinarily useless, usually bare, humans isn't for the simply disturbed. The introductory textual content by means of Katherine Dunn (author of Geek Love) is helping supply a context to the macabre scrapbook, and the handwritten captions demonstrate irony and infrequently humor; yet this can be no antiquarian's sentimental portrait of the previous. This ebook records butchery and brutality, terrible sickness and psychological affliction, suicide and homicide. And as Dunn observes, the attention of the beholder isn't blameless: "The previous cop, just like the previous con, attempts to trick us into forgiveness and complicity. by way of witnessing he has participated, through figuring out he's culpable. And his genuine goal is to conceal the truth--that he began terrified and ended up liking it, interested, an aficionado."

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8) Where a perceived threat is economic, so are the stereotypes applied to a particular group in order to explain its inferior status. " More than half of the respondents also characterize both blacks and Latinos as lazier, less intelligent, and more prone to violence than whites. Though Asians fare somewhat better in the survey, they too are characterized in a negative light by a sizable minority of Americans. In fact, 46 percent of the respondents claim that Asians are more likely, than whites to prefer living off welfare, 34 percent that Asians are lazier, 36 percent that Asians are less intelligent, and 30 percent that they are more violence-prone.

After all, even if Asians are "lazy" and "unintelligent," they are also believed to be inordinately successful. Why? How is it possible for a group of Americans to excel economically despite their presumed defects of Nasty Pictures in Our Heads 29 motivation and intellect? Perhaps Asians are the undeserving recipients of extraordinary treatment. This is precisely the unsubstantiated charge that many Americans make in an effort to explain what they believe to be an unfair advantage for Asian-Americans.

Although no longer permitting Griff to give interviews to the press, Public Enemy nonetheless released a single, "Welcome to the Terrordome," in which the Christ-killer, anti-Semitic theme was espoused. (6) On the whiter side of the pop music ledger, the lyrics of some "heavy metal" records emphasize violence, sex- Hatred Is Hip 37 ism, power, and hatred. In Motley Crue's song "Live Wire," for example, all of these themes come together in a scene of brutal assault and murder. (7) Moreover, the heavy metal rock band Guns N' Roses sold more than four million copies of "G N' R Lies," whose lyrics are blatantly anti-black, anti-immigrant, and antigay.

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