Killer

Cain and Abel offer an important lesson, says a UCLA professor in the new book Bloodlust: It’s familiarity, not otherness, that breeds violence.

Love and Death

Long before the Supreme Court deemed violent video games free speech, the 1940s cultural critic Gershon Legman noted Americans’ paradoxical views on sex and violence

Evil Inclination

In Jerusalem, Jerusalem, James Carroll uses the city as a metaphor for the human tendency to combine religion with violence

Targeted

The gunman arrested in connection with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the deaths of at least five others was clearly delusional, but was he influenced by the toxic rhetoric coursing through the country today?

Childish Things

My son’s pyromaniacal tendencies, Bibi, and bedtime stories that go awry

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