Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Good Writing: Natasha Vargas-Cooper

Natasha Vargas-Cooper
From Jesse James Hollywood on Trial, The AWL

Though these outbursts are theatrical—and, to my layperson’s eye, unprofessional—they are welcome. The sobs, finger-pointing, frantic gesticulating; watching Hollywood’s face curve with a smile or going slack when testimony seems unfavorable; all this affords some small level of pathos, or at least drama. It’s satisfying to watch the illusions of impartiality and civility break, and to see a witness’s tribal urge to humiliate the person they believe to be a bad person.

No comments: