Burning Innocence

Hi Dear Reader,

I’m a bit too busy this week to do a proper post, but I came across a story that is at once so troubling and moving, and so related to the topics of this blog that I had to send you a link to it.


This is an amazing New Yorker piece about a man tried for the murder of his children and executed in Texas in 2004. As the article chronicles, the evidence in his case has been reevaluated by several different experts in the last decade and a half, and he appears to have been innocent.

In addition to just being a moving story that really helps remind me of how thankful I am for the life that I have to live, it is also a story that reveals some of the biopolitical processes of the U.S. Government. It implicitly fleshes out the relation of state sovereignty, bureaucratic inefficiency, and the production of (and reduction to) bare life.

I’ll reserve lengthier comments for another time, but this makes me wonder whether a bare life can be shown to be social, political, good life after the fact? Or even made retroactively made the good life.

I guess this account makes me ask, is bare life a sleight of hand or a reality?

Let me know your thoughts, Dear Reader.