Thursday, April 18, 2002
bad men do what good men dreami've found a new favorite criminalitics author. sorry mr douglas you have been replaces. this forensic psychologist looks into when and how the line between fantacy and reality gets blurred to the point where people do terrible things. everything from date rape, to necrophilia, to serial sexual murder is included in his scathing trip into the human psyche. he's an acedemic writer, very dense stuff, but still readable. and he has ironically "silly" subtitles ie the one for the serial killers chapter is "your life for their orgasm" creepy. gets under your skin a bit more that way i think. he also spend his final, and perhaps most chilling chapter, looking at it inside out, at why good men (and women) don't commit the evil acts they dream. it's definately a thought provoking book.
killing monstersabout why videogame, tv, and comic book violence is anything but harmful to children. ditto roughousing and toy guns. about how depriving children of rageful fantacies, making their fantacys into something real enough to be feared, is dangerous. how children act out such fantacys to see what power feels like, not to see what killing feels like. read the book, he says it better than i do, but the man has a point.....
Wednesday, April 10, 2002