Academic journal article Field

Why We Must Support PBS

Academic journal article Field

Why We Must Support PBS

Article excerpt

"I didn't think of it as killing them," the executioner

from the late eighteenth century said to Charlie Rose,

still wearing a hood, his axe resting on the wood table

I've assumed is oak. "I don't know how to put this:

it's as if I loved them in the moment I swung, loved them

and wanted to offer them peace." Charlie Rose was smiling,

excited. Even more than usual, the joy of an otter

seemed to be swimming through the long river of his body

when he put a hand on the man's memoir and said,

"But then something happened that made you question

your entire existence up to that point." It was hard

to see the man all in black on Charlie Rose's black set,

as if midnight were speaking, saying, "Yes. One day

I looked down and there was the son I'd never had

staring up at me from the block, I could tell

by his eyes, this was my boy, this was my life

flowing out, reaching beyond the sadness of its borders."

"You knew this," Charlie Rose said. "I knew this,"

the executioner replied. "Even though you'd never been

with a woman." "Never. I was all about career." "You knew

because the eyes tell us something." "Because the eyes

tell us everything. …

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