Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Look Back in Languor: Things To Do In Texas When You're Dead (8.25.06)


Being that the end of May will mark the first anniversary of this little experiment of mine, I'm going to use this auspicious occasion as an opportunity to revisit some of the less nonsensical nonsense that I've churned out over the past twelve months. During the next few weeks, I'll be republishing my favorite Deus Ex Malcontent columns -- the ones that seemed to entertain, enlighten, provoke, infuriate or just plain annoy in a more ambitious fashion than the others.

If you're new to the site and haven't had the time to check them out, here's your chance.

If you've already read them, then you're right to think that I'm just being lazy.

Up first, a look inside a place where death is literally doled out on an assembly line. In August of last year, a camera crew and I traveled to a little town just outside Houston, Texas -- it's only claim to fame is that it happens to be the home of Texas's well-known, and very busy, death row. Our assignment was to interview a man who was scheduled to be executed the following morning.

It's a strange experience to talk to a dead man.

Things To Do In Texas When You're Dead (8.25.06)

The final twist to the story, however, was absolutely startling -- and I don't use that word lightly.

The Final Act (9.20.06)

4 comments:

RottweilerTOM said...

I read with interest. I left with a sickened reminder in my belief in the death penalty should never be applied to the one's we are never quite sure, although he (or she) can't quite overcome the reasonable doubt test, and thus convicted, mainly b/c of FUCKIN STUPID ASS JURIES!!!!

While the following link is not one involving capital punishment, its a must read for anyone who can stomach reading about a corrupt cop framing a 17 year old on Long Island (whose accused of killing his parents in 1988.)

www.martytankleff.org

marija said...

since you are not too busy writing for your blog;), you might want to check out the correspondence between sam harris and andrew sullivan on religion: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/209/story_20904_1.html
isn't it interesting how you can reason with the religious till your tongue dries and falls out and they won't budge in their crazy beliefs for an inch?
Marija

TK said...

Despite knowing the ending, that was actually better the second time I read it. I'd say that's the mark of good writing.

Chez said...

Thank you sir.