Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The calculus of violence

I've started reading Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. Vollmann. The link goes to the seven volume, 3,500 page version. I'm a punk, I got the one volume abridgement that just came out. It presents a history and meditation on violence, including what Vollmann describes as a "moral calculus" to determine when violence is justified. I'll let you know when I'm done.

Speaking of a moral calculus of violence, I watched Freeway last night. It's a flawed film, for certain, but it's worth seeing for the fantastic job Reese Witherspoon does of portraying someone who is filled with violent, explosive rage who still manages to be totally sympathetic. Check it out.

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