Good lord, but “Fresh Air” was a tough one to listen to today. Terry Gross interviewed Jody Arlington, the sole survivor of her brother’s homicidal baseball-bat rampage 21 years ago, which left her parents and little sister dead. She hasn’t talked about it publicly in all that time, but after a similar case in Ohio earlier this year, she wrote an op-ed piece for the WashPost on how people might spot these events coming down the road, and stop them.
It was a remarkable 45 minutes, mainly because Arlington was so clear-eyed and insightful about what happened and why. Her brother was a sociopath, but her parents were crazy and abusive, and there you are. The two parties were on a collision course that, in hindsight, was probably pretty well-marked. It was refereshing to hear a person who’s obviously been spending the last two decades thinking, and thinking well, about a life-changing event. Most of her solace seems to have come from study and contemplation. She actually used the word “elucidate” in a sentence. Mind-blowing.
But tough to hear, just the same. Did you know Althea Leasure Flynt, the late Mrs. Larry Flynt, the one portrayed onscreen (and pretty well) by none other than Courtney Love, was a similar family massacre survivor? It was her daddy who did the shooting, and Althea survived by hiding under a bed. Althea went to live in an orphanage. It didn’t go well. She ran away and became a stripper, then a tycoon, then a junkie, then dead. Probably never used the word “elucidate,” but they said she made a mean sloppy joe.
So, the bloggage:
I’ve long believed the extremely religious, whether Jew, Muslim or Christian, have more in common than they’d ever acknowledge. Why do I believe this? Oh, I don’t know.
There are rants, and there are rants, and then there’s the Poor Man’s Weekly Wanker. Respec’.
Richard Cohen points out the obvious: Gaza today, Iraq tomorrow.
Finally, sometimes the death penalty just isn’t enough, you know?