Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Trouble with Strangers

Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Trouble with Strangers

Article excerpt

It was not my dog that bit off the stranger's arm.

I may care for the dog and feed the dog and I

have even paid for her grooming and for her

colorful leash and collar, but does this

entitle me to ownership? I am sorry

for the loss of the stranger's arm and I hope with

all my heart that he will learn to live without it.

But just because I happen to have some

association with the dog-an

association which, despite public accounts,

is far from intimate-this does not mean that it

was my boot that broke the stranger's nose. I do not

deny that I am the man on the tape swinging

his leg back and forth. However, what the footage

does not reveal is the aggression the stranger

displayed when I tried to pull his arm out of the

dog's mouth. And even if I did give him one too

many kicks in the face, and even if the lash

on his back came from my whip, it is completely

inaccurate to say that I "brandished it in

a sadistic manner." I was just letting off

some steam, and even if I got a bit carried

away, this does not mean that I used

electrical wires, baseball bats or candle

wax. …

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