“Every Man Who Is Hanged Leaves a Poem”

Every country has its dangerous class. It consists not only of criminals, pau- pers and persons whose conduct is obnoxious to the interests of society, but of the proximate body of people who are within reach of its contagion, and continually swell its number. The magnitude of the dangerous class in Eng- land probably exceeds …

Condemned Man 1886

“The ambiguous existence of these sheets undoubtedly masks the processes of a subterranean battle . . . around two rights, perhaps less heterogeneous than they seem at first sight–the right to kill and be killed and the right to speak and narrate” –Michel Foucault, I, Pierre Rivière, having slaughtered my mother, my sister, and my …

Squalor

“The shabbiness of these attendants upon shabbiness, the poverty of these insolvent waiters upon insolvency, was a sight to see. Such threadbare coats and trousers, such fusty gowns and shawls, such squashed hats and bonnets, such boots and shoes, such umbrellas and walking-sticks, never were seen in Rag Fair. All of them wore the cast-off …