Re: RARA-AVIS: The moral implication of killing

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 24 Oct 2007

I completely agree with Charles. While I am quite interested in capital punishment from my days as a reporter when I covered murder trials, interviewed victim (and murderer) families, conducted death row interviews and was twice selected to be a witness to electrocutions (last minute reprieves saved me from that), I don't come to this list to read endless debates about the death penalty without even the tip of the hat to fiction.

Richard Moore

> But to just talk about a non-
> fictional case itself, at length, for message after message after
> message, with nary a reference to fiction along the way? I doubt
> the only person here who finds that annoying and disruptive. It's
> conversation I might well be interested in taking part in
> else -- but not here.
> Just my 2 cents, obviously, and if the broad sentiment is
> so be it. But this is not what I, at least, come to Rara-Avis for.
> --Charles
> P.S. To avoid any misunderstanding, I am not complaining at all
> the *content* of anyone's comments. It's not that I am offended
> one or the other sides in the death penalty debate, or that I am
> bothered by the discussion of sensitive topics, or anything of the
> sort. I only object to polluting a crime fiction list with an
> extended discussion of a topic other than crime fiction. Talk
> the *connection* between fiction and the real world all you want --
> but when you start talking *only* about the real world, you're
> in the wrong place.

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