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Randolph "Dilda" Carter

A rant about books, horror, and the weird.  I sometimes take on my love/hate relationship with goodreads and Amazon.

Currently reading

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories
Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, William Shatner
Progress: 140/336 pages
Pavane
Keith Roberts

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum : Or How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum - Leila Vennewitz, Heinrich Böll Boll's short scathing attack on how the media creates the news instead of, as it claims, just reporting it (I've refused to read "news" magazines for years because of just this fact). Since its 1974 the newspapers are the primary focus but you can transfer this to almost any "news" organization (the Arab Spring is a case in current events). Poor Katharina Blum inadvertently commits a minor crime and eventually is implicated by the "News" to be a communist, brothel owner, prostitute, organized crime member (moll), embezzler, abbeter, Nazi, etc. The media drives her mother to an early grave, she can't get a job, receives threats, and is constantly being harrassed by the police, who already know she is innocent of the inital crime. In the ultimate creation of the news, Katharina is driven to end of her wits: she finally murders the badgering reporter who also made indecent advances to her. In the final insult the media insists on the premeditation of the crime when it is in fact a crime of passion.The crimes are revealed from the start and the story evolves around how this relaively minor event ends up with such a tragic conclusion.The story is told in a faux just-the-facts reportage to emphasize the subject matter.