Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Jonathan Fast's CEREMONIAL VIOLENCE Reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail
Jonathan Fast's Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Examination of School Shootings, is reviewed by Nicole Robson in the November issue of The Brooklyn Rail: "Readers looking for a clean-cut, definitive answer to why school rampage shootings occur will be disappointed. Fast acknowledges a multitude of variables, from malignant narcissism to identity confusion and mental disturbances, which contribute to a child committing mass murder and, in most cases, suicide. Yet the book distinguishes itself from mainstream media coverage by delving deeper not only into the candidates’ psyches, but also the social and historical context of the communities within which these tragedies took place."