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Pictures At An Execution

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This book is about murder - in life and in art - and about how we look at it and feel about it. At the center of Wendy Lesser's investigation is a groundbreaking legal case in which a federal court judge was asked to decide whether a gas chamber execution would be broadcast on public television. Our grim and seemingly endless fascination with murder gets its day in court ...more
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Published January 1st 1993 by Harvard University Press
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Kathy Lynch
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
It's hard to describe what this book is actually about. Yes, the KQED/Robert Alton Harris story is in there, but there's more literary criticism than anything else. To be honest, I found the literary criticism more interesting than the Harris story. But it was difficult to plod through at times and a bit disjointed overall. Definitely average or above, just not fantastic.
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This was kind of a hats book to read. Interesting and thought provoking but a difficult subject matter.
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Wendy Lesser a critic, novelist, and editor based in Berkeley, California.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.