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By Bill Wasik, from the December 2001 issue
Hatred hopes to perceive hatred in its object, but what satisfaction can we find in this face? Guileless, affable, serene, the face confronts us—as did the footage of his apparent deeds, those eerily cinematic collisions of airplanes and buildings—with a peculiar disjunction: an image of evil that attracts our eyes despite our minds’ protestations.
Chances that a doctor’s diagnosis of Lyme disease is erroneous:
Engineers were said to be at greater risk of becoming terrorists.
A deaf dog belonging to a deaf owner was shot and killed in Alabama, and an Indiana dog’s skin troubles were found to be caused by an allergy to humans. “It’s just not his fault,” said the owner of Lucky Dog Retreat.
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”