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On detection as one of the fine arts

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While I'm thinking about magazine stuff, I should mention that the latest entry in Ben Rosenbaum's "Other Cities" series, "Zvlotsk," is one of my two favorites from the whole series. Um, make that three. Okay, maybe it's one of my four favorites. One of my favorites, okay?

I'm obliquely reminded of one of my favorite .sigs:

If once a man indulges in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.

—"On Murder as One of the Fine Arts," by Thomas de Quincey

(I've always wondered what the rest of that piece must be like; it's the only context in which I've ever heard of de Quincey. See this article for a bit of discussion of the whole essay.)

Anyway, mostly I wanted to say that after you read "Zvlotsk" you should be sure to scroll down past the author bio to the further-reading section. Hmm—if I'd thought of the de Quincey piece, I might have suggested that Ben add it to that bibliography.

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